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The City of Puebla: City of Angels...

The City of Puebla is a place full of culture, charm, traditions, history, beliefs… The magnificent trace of the city has made up the legend that were the angels who did it. Puebla is a jewel of world’s architecture and has been able to adapt spaces and fill them with life and movement. It is located 85 miles away from Mexico City (CDMX). Modern highways communicates with all the main cities around the country. It has an International Airport, named Hermanos Serdán, as well as an important Bus Station.

The city is well stocked with modern and comfortable hotels, beautiful colonial buildings, and interesting museums. The end of April kicks off the month-long “Feria de Puebla”, a festival full of special events. It has a mild sub-humid climate, with rainfalls in summer.
 
After the conquest, the City of Puebla was the first to be founded in the state, on April the 16th of 1531, as a social and human experiment, in which a group of civilians headed by Fray Toribio de Benavente participated. The majestic City of Puebla and other important cities were built with the labor and art of the Indians of the area, as well as that of enterprising Spaniards. Therefore, the area thrived with agriculture and cattle raising.
 

In what architecture concerns, churches, schools, hospitals and homes were built, and it is here where cultural syncretism left one of its most important legacies; in the historical center of the City of Puebla which was declared “Cultural Heritage of Mankind” by the UNESCO in 1987, with more than 2600 buildings of great value.

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Tourist Attractions in Puebla

Video Mapping Show in the Puebla Cathedral

There’s an incredible video mapping show on weekend nights on the exterior walls of the Cathedral. The show is titled “Mosaico Poblano”, playing themes such as: the prehispanic origins of Puebla, taking about Cholula and Cantona, the rich gastronomy, handicrafts and popular festivals. Hours: Friday and Saturday from 20:30 and at 21:15 hrs.

Biblioteca Palafoxiana
Biblioteca Palafoxiana
Biblioteca Palafoxiana

Located on the top floor of the College of San Juan, and today is the House of Culture. It was founded by Bishop Juan de Palafox, who donated his private library of 6,000 volumes to the Tridentine Seminary in 1646. It is considered the first public library in the Americas and has more than 45,000 books and manuscripts, ranging from the 15th to the 20th century. Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00 hrs.

Callejón de los Sapos (Alley of the Toads)

This is a pedestrian street with a series of typical colonial houses with their gates and balconies painted in vibrant colors, that have become antique bazaars where you can purchase special and rare items. On Sundays there is an open flea market where the visitors will find novelties and unique pieces, a real magnet for collectors. Besides there are several restaurants and bars to enjoy a tasty meal or the local fruit liquors. There are Mariachi groups and trios every night. Store hours: 10: 00-19: 00 hrs.

Estrella de Puebla

Admire incredible panoramic views of Puebla when you take a ride on the largest ferris wheel in Latin America. At almost 250 ft. high with 54 closed cabis (holding up to 8 people) you will have a lovely view of the city, including the impressive Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl volcanos. Hours: Monday to Friday from 15:30 to 22:00 hrs. and Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 to 22:00 hrs.

Parque de la Concordia, Legend Nights
Parque de la Concordia
Parque de la Concordia

You can enjoy a video screeing over Concordia Lake, located in the area of the Forts of Loreto. Here you will learn about some legends of Puebla ike the history of the city foundation and the arrival of China Poblana, an Asian woman who lived in Puebla, came to Mexico in 1620 as a servant and left her mark on the traditions of the Spanish colonial region with her clothing. 5 de Mayo Civic Cultural Center (The Forts). Hours: Functions Thursday through Sunday 20:45 and 21:30 hrs.

Ex Hacienda de Chautla

This place gathers history, beautiful architecture, natural landscapes, legends and mystery. One of its main attractions is El Castillo (The Castle), an English style residence built in the 19th century which overlooks the dam. The site offers activities such as sportfishing, camping, picnicking, and rents out facilities for events.

Domes of the Church of San Gabriel, Cholula

This temple is one of the oldest in Mexico since it dates back to the 15th century and is located in the main plaza of San Pedro Cholula. It is a monumental complex with a fortress appearance dedicated to the archangel San Gabriel. The cloister area contains frescos with scenes from the life of Francis of Assisi, along with portraits of a number of Franciscan friars. It has three chapels, one of them is “Capilla Real” (Royal Chapel) with 49 domes, its cons- truction and shape represent the Arabian mosques.

Iglesia de los Remedios in front of the Popocatépetl
Iglesia de Los Remedios
Iglesia de Los Remedios

The church was built on the pyramid in 1594 as a symbol of the evangelization of the Spaniards over native’s polytheism. The hill remains verdant on the front side, and on the other side archeologists have excavated the pyramid’s stairways, sacrificial altars and five miles of tunnels that are open to visitors.

After a large earthquake it was rebuilt etween 1864 and 1874. Though it’s up seemingly endless steps, the hike to the top of the hill is worth the effort. The panoramic view of Cholula, Puebla and surrounding volcanoes is breathtaking, especially if you arrive early. Hours: Daily from 9:00 to 18:00 hrs.

Cholula Main Plaza

This is an important meeting point in Cholula with a nice fountain of San Miguel Arcángel, donated in 1554 by King Felipe II of Spain. It is framed by the Ex Convento de San Gabriel and the city hall fronted by a line of businesses and restaurants, which in turn are fronted by a 170 metres (560 ft) gallery, marked by 46 arches supported by columns, known as the Guerrero Portal, an ideal place to enjoy the atmosphere and good cuisine of Cholula.

Africam Safari
Africam Safari
Africam Safari

Puebla has the most important zoo in Latin America where there is a great variety of wild animals, as well as a great number of endemic species, and there are also some endangered species. In this spectacular zoo the animals live free like in their natural habitat. The zoo extends to 30 ha. at the bank of the Valsequillo Lake and it is one of the largest in Mexico.

This amazing zoo and wild animal park is home to more than 3,500 animals from 300 different species. The park is divided by regions that house wildlife from Asia, Africa, and North America. Visitors can drive through the park in their cars or in the zoo bus, and mingle with the free-roaming animals. Km 16.5 carretera Puebla-Valsequillo Horario: Daily from 10:00 to 17:00 hrs.

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Colonial Buildings in Puebla

Palacio Municipal (Municipal Palace)

Its construction ends in 1906, the façade is made of gray quarry
stone in Renaissance style. In the interior, there is a patio with an
exquisite marble stairway, as well as beautiful salons and stained glass
windows.

The Church of Santo Domingo (Puebla)
Santo Domingo - Capilla del Rosario
Santo Domingo – Capilla del Rosario

It was built in 1571. The temple is an stunning example of the Baroque style, and is famous for the resplendent Rosary Chapel, with 22-karat gold decoration, one of the city’s jewels. Ornate sculptures, masterful paintings and extravagant gold leaf cover every inch of the walls and ceiling of the chapel, creating a dazzling effect. The chapel is sometimes referred to as “the golden house” or “the eighth wonder of the world”.

Casa de los Muñecos (House of the Dolls)

An 18th Century building with one of the most beautiful façades in the city. It is so named because of the building’s façade is decorated by 16 panels with Talavera that include semi-naked figures that appear to be like dolls. Inside, the University Museum exhibits more than 200 colonial paintings, and it also houses an elegant restaurant. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00 hrs.

Church of San Francisco. Shrine of San Sebastian

It was built in the 16th century. It features an incredible orage-red tile facade. In the sideway of the church is the San Francisco Rode, with a number of restaurants where you can enjoy the traditional “chalupas”. Nearby it is interesting to visit the ancient Almoloya public washing area.

Ex Convento de Santa Rosa

The convent was built in 1739 and since 1973 it was transformed into a cultural center. In 1869, it ceased being a convent and became a psychiatric hospital. In the 20th century the Ceramic Museum was founded in the building’s kitchen. This is where the story of the invention of mole poblano takes place. The facility exhibit local costumes and handicrafts, and offers shows and art classes. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00.

La Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepción (Cathedral)
Cathedral of Puebla
Cathedral of Puebla

The massive cathedral has a Renaissance architecture and was built in different periods since 1575. No less impressive is the interior, decorated with beautiful masterpieces. The Cathedral has two organs donated by the Carlos V.

Los Portales (The Gates)

This is a place full of history surrounded by buildings from the colonial period, where you can enjoy the typical dishes in one of the many restaurants located at the gates.

Monastery of Santa Catalina de Siena

It was built in 1556 and is considered the oldest in the city. With a simple façade, its interior displays beautiful baroque altarpieces.

Casa del Alfeñique

This 18th century building, houses the Regional Museum of Puebla with a display of 16th Century Mexican Indian codices, Spanish armors, blueprints, photographs, paintings, carriages and a collection of antique dresses. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00 hrs Sunday, free entrance.

Ex convent of Santa Monica
Ex convent of Santa Monica
Ex Convento de Santa Mónica, Museo de Arte Religioso
(Ex Convent of Santa Monica, Museum of Religious Art)

In this convent, the nuns created the famous Chiles en nogada, as a tribute to Agustin de Iturbide when he came back to Puebla after signing the declaration of Independence of Mexico, so they prepared this dish with the colors of the Mexican flag: green of the pepper, white of the Nogada and red of the pomegranate.

Today the convent houses the Museum of Religious Art with more than 3,500 pieces of sacred art from the 16th to 19th centuries, one of the largest collections of religious art in Mexico. It has 27 rooms that explain the origins of the site, the history of Puebla since the sixteenth century, the process of evangelization, and the everyday life of the convent. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00.

School of Talavera Poblana, “Patio de los Azulejos”

It was built around 1677. This is a place where you can see the Talavera making process, a top-quality hand-painted ceramics with artistic designs for tiles and bases.

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Puebla and its Museums

Amparo Museum
Amparo Museum
Amparo Museum

It is housed in a beautiful colonial building dating from 1538. The museum’s permanent collection traces Mexico’s history. It has one of the most important collections of pre-Hispanic, colonial and modern art in Mexico. This museum integrates technology such as multimedia systems and interactive CDs, which can provide guided tours in English, Spanish, French and Japanese.

Because of its collection and avant-garde use of technology, the museum is considered to be one of the most important in Latin America. Open Wendsday to Monday from 10:00 to 18:00 hrs. Saturday from 10:00 to 21:00 hrs.

Museo y Pinacoteca José Luis Bello y Zetina (Museum and Art Gallery)

Displays one of the most important art collections in Mexico and America, more than three thousand pieces of all over the world and from different eras are exhibit in here, including pieces of Murillo, El Greco and Zurbarán, among others. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 16:00 hrs.

Museo de Arte Religioso (Religious Art Museum)

It is located in the Santa Monica Convent, and in the fabulous kitchen the Augustinian nuns created one of the most representative dishes of Puebla, “chiles en nogada”. This old convent has a lot of history within it’s walls, the 27 display rooms truly give you a feel for what life must have been during the colonial period and there is a large old art collection from religious figures. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00 hrs.

Museo Regional de Puebla Casa del Alfeñique

It is housed in an 18th century baroque house. Its name come from the intricate White plasterwork around the windows and roof that resembles an almond paste called “alfeñique”. The museum displays 16th century codices, Spanish armors, old maps, photographs, paintings, carriages and a collection of antique dresses. Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00. to 17:00 hrs.

Museo de la Revolución Mexicana “Casa de Aquiles Serdán” (Museum of the Revolution)

It was the home of Aquiles Serdán in the very early 20 th century. He was politically active during the Revolution The museum depicts in 24 rooms the realization of the revolutionary movement in Mexico, through documents, furniture and objects from the period, paintings, photographs and murals. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00 hrs.

Museo Casa del Deán

Two rooms exhibit this unique selection of Latin American art. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00 hrs.

Museo de la No Intervención, Fuerte de Loreto

The Fort of Loreto houses the Museum of Non-Intervention which displays in six rooms, more than 180 pieces from the 18th and 19th centuries, related to the religious and military histoy of the place. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 17:00 hrs.

Museo de Sitio, Fuerte de Guadalupe

Modern interactive museum that commemorates the victory over the French army. The Fort of Guadalupe, offers some see-through glass wall to appreciate the old building. It also has an exhibition of near 200 objects and works of art of the 19 th and 20 th centuries, some of the most importante pieces area a unique shields made in talavera. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 17:00 hrs.

Museo de la Evolución (Museum of Evolution)
Museum of Evolution
Museum of Evolution

It exhibits one of the largest collections of reptiles that inhabited this area in the Mesozoic era. In addition, it includes paleo-reconstructions, taxidermises, fossils, minerals and rocks dating back to four billion years. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00 hrs.

San Pedro Museum of Art

Located in a beautiful 16th Century building, this is a cultural venue which displays multiple artistic currents and times. It exhibits items dating from different epochs, it has one of the best collections in art of Latin America. The museum host State Symphony Orchestra concerts. Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00 hrs.

Galería Tesoros de la Catedral de Puebla (Treasures Gallery of the Puebla Cathedral)

It has three rooms with amazing pieces of sacred art, including oil paintings, sculptures, sacred objects and liturgical vestments. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 5:00 hrs.

Capilla de Arte de la Universidad de las Américas (Art Chapel)

It is housed a historical 1910s Art Nouveau style commercial building with more than 100 years of history. The gallery exhibits expressions of local, national and international art. In addition, it has a forum for a diversity of artistic expressions like: music, movies and family shows. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 to 19:00 hrs.

Museo Interactivo de la Batalla del 5 de Mayo (Interactive Museum of the Battle of May 5)

This museum has been equipped with state-of-the-art technology to have a comprehensive overview of the war and the biographies of national heroes. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00 hrs. Sunday from 10:00 to 16:00 hrs.

Museo Regional de Puebla (Regional Museum)

It is located in The Forts (Fuertes de Loreto y Guadalupe) and displays a wide collection that covers the historical evolution of the country, from prehistory to the Revolution. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00 hrs.

Museo Internacional del Barroco (International Museum of the Baroque)
Museo Internacional del Barroco
Museo Internacional del Barroco

The new museum for art, literature, music, and fashion celebrates the grandeur and drama of the 17th and 18th century with an exhibit of hundreds of pieces from more than 14 countries. As a contrast the building has a contemporary design with a sleek façade and fluid shape. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 19:00 hrs.

IMAGINA Museo Interactivo y Planetario (Imagine, Interactive Museum)

In this interactive museum, you can learn about science, technology, human beings and the importance of caring for the environment. It also has a simulator and multiple exhibitions for all ages. There is a planetarium next to the museum. The planetarium is the largest in Mexico and offers a star projector and the OMNIMAX Dome. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00 hrs. Projections: Tuesday to Sunday; 12:30, 2:00, 4:00 and 6:00 hrs.

Museo Nacional de los Ferrocarriles Mexicanos (National Railway Museum)

Puebla was once a major rail hub, and it is now home to one of the most important railway museums in Mexico. It is located on the site of Puebla’s 19th-century railroad station, a neoclassical style building. The museum houses an extensive collection of railway memorabilia and displays a sprawling rail yard with diesel, electric and steam locomotives along with passenger and freight cars, plus assorted machinery from all over Mexico. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 17:00 hrs.

José Luis Bello y González Museum

It displays one of the most important artistic collections of the city. The museum has 3,028 works of art from America, Asia and Europe, some of them are nearly 2,000 years old. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 5:00 hrs.

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Other Interesting Sites in Puebla

Fuertes de Loreto y Guadalupe
Fuerte de Loreto y Guadalupe
Fuerte de Loreto y Guadalupe

The forts are located on a hill known as Acueyametepec, which offers a beautiful panoramic view of the city. Originally these forts were temples dedicated to the Virgin of Loreto, and the Virgin of Guadalupe, but in early 19th century were turned into fortifications for military purposes.

Both were instrumental to the famous Battle of Puebla on 5 May 1862 during the French Invasion. Forts have been restored to retell this story. The forts currently house several museums.

Calle de Santa Clara (Santa Clara’s Street)

It is located in 6 oriente in the Historic Center, and the entire street is filled with shops selling fresh-made typical candies of Puebla. The street holds the name of Santa Clara because the ancient convent of the Clarisian nuns is found here, and the nuns have made delicious sweets since the 18th century.

El Parián Craft Market

With an ancient tradition the market is still the best option if you want to buy any kind of handcraft.

Barrio del Artista (City’s Artists Quarter)

The idea for converting the old marketplace into an artsy neighborhood came in 1940 from a group of art students. Dozens of artists now paint in the quarter, surrounded by art galleries and nice cafes.

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Interesting Sites Near Puebla City

Huejotzingo

You can visit the Ex-Convent of San Miguel with a nice colonial architecture, the temple of San Diego, the main square and City Hall.

Tianguismanalco

Temple of St. John the Baptist built in the 16th century stand out in the town. Nearby, you can visit the 15 meters- high waterfall of San Pedro Atlixco; and Sn.Baltazar Atlimeyaya with a fish farm, named Xoulín with several restaurants serving fresh fish.

San Martín Texmelucan
San Martín Texmelucan
San Martín Texmelucan

It is well known for the huge tianguis related to textiles that is carried out every Tuesday. You can visit the Ex- hacienda of Polaxtla which houses a museum, the Ex-hacienda of Chautla with a small museum and a beautiful landscaping around a lake with an abundant supply of rainbow trout and the Ex-convent of St. Mary Magdalene with a Baroque altarpiece.

Tochimilco

Visit the 16th century Franciscan Ex-Convent an Temple of the Virgin of the Assumption, whose atrium is surrounded by a wall with battlements, giving the impression of a fort; the Tochimilco fountain, dating back to the 16th century; and the Aqueduct called Arcos, built inside the Santa Rosa Chapulapa Hacienda, in the second half of the 19th century.

Cuautinchán

Ancient pre-Hispanic ceremonial center. The Ex-convent of San Juan Bautista worth a visit for its magnificent altarpiece.

Tecali de Herrera

Visit the temple of an Ex-convent in ruins. The town is known as the Center of Onyx handicraft that famous till to abroad.

Tepeaca

It was one of the most important cities of the “The Royal Road” connecting the capital with Veracruz. Visit the Ex-convent of San Francisco de Asis, would be almost fortress-like in its design and construction, and the Chapel of the Santo Niño Doctor (Holy Child Doctor), an image that attracts many pilgrimages.

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Conventions and Meetings in Puebla

William O Jenkins Convention Center
William O Jenkins Convention Center

Progressive and beautiful city, blends modern and historic heritage. Gastronomy is a big part of Puebla’s charm with some of the most exquisite Mexican dishes. One of the safest cities in the country with a a wide array of meeting and event services. Its strategic location, in the center of the country, just 46 miles from Mexico City give the city excellent aerial and ground connectivity.

Puebla feature four venues that have the highest specifications of safety, comfort and infrastructure.
The “William O. Jenkins” Convention Center with a capacity of 3500 people, 4696 m2 of surface and advance technology, the Cultural Complex “Puebla Siglo XXI”, a perfect facility for events up to 5,000 people, excellent for concerts. And the grand project of the Exhibitions Center. The destination also offers a wide variety of hotels.

Also, Puebla has the Centro Expositor y de Convenciones (Exhibitor and Convention Center), a multifunctional space defined as the largest of its kind in Latin America. The center incorporates the latest technology to provide a high quality service in the organization of exhibitions, fairs, conferences and conventions. It is the official venue for the Puebla Fair. The site is a conceptual project which consists of three major architectural blocks: the exhibition area (40 thousand square meters), convention area (9 thousand square meters) and free space areas. It is located in the historic area of the Forts of Loreto and Guadalupe.

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Archaeological Sites in Puebla
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