About Tlaquepaque

view of downtown Tlaquepaque

“San Pedro Tlaquepaque” is the name of both a city and its enclosing municipality, in the Mexican state of Jalisco. Due to the growth of its neighboring city to the north, Guadalajara

, Tlaquepaque
has effectively become part of it, forming the Guadalajara metro area, which includes Zapopan
as well.

Even though it’s certain that the name “Tlaquepaque” has its roots in the indigenous language of that region, its precise origins and meaning are subject of debate. The two most popular theories state its meaning as either “men who make clay utensils” or “place on clay hills”.

The municipality has slightly over half a million inhabitants and occupies about 270 square kilometers, about 30% of which are dedicated to farming. Many buildings around town are great examples of colonial architecture, with some structures dating back to the times when the region was part of the “Virreinato de la Nueva España” (New Spain viceroyship)1.

It is well known for its production of high quality ceramic artifacts, but also for blown glass ornaments, metal utensils made with copper and tin, as well as ornamental wood carvings.

One of the most representative dishes of Guadalajara and its metro area is “tortas ahogadas”. A “torta” is a typical mexican-style sandwich, and “ahogada” translates literally as ‘drowned’. This is rather appropriate, since the dish consists of a regular “torta” smothered with a chili & tomato sauce.

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  1. I make the distinction because in many areas of Mexico there are buildings of recent construction that still follow the same architectural style, albeit with a modern twist in materials

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