America: Mexico

The City of Puebla

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City of History and Tradition

 

The city of Puebla is capital of the state with the same name and is located 120 km from Mexico City. It is surrounded by important mountain ranges. Homes of two of the largest volcanoes in Mexico, Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl, Sierra Madre Nevada stands out among them.

It is founded in 1531 and made up the first Renaissance metropolis of New Spain, where the formal co-existence between pre-Hispanic and colonial worlds began.

Because of its history and its cultural and archaeological richness, Puebla is considered Cultural Patrimony of Humanity. In Mexico, it is the 4th city in terms of importance and development, with an extensive network of communication channels. Its highways connect South and Southeast to the center of the country.

Puebla is one of the urban centers with great arts and crafts, cultural and historical richness.

Attractions in Puebla:
Cathedral "Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception"
Main Plaza, with its baroque style fountain
City Hall
Ex-Palace of Archbishop, built in 17th century and currently location of Cultural Center
Palafoxiana Library
Temple of Soledad, which was convent of Carmelite nuns originating from small chapel, constructed in 17th century
Street of Sapos (Toads), with bazaars and antiques
Church of Rosario
Temple of San Francisco, housing the body of the devout Sebastian de Aparicio
Temple of Compania
Temple of San Pedro, 17th century
Church of Tonatzintla, indigenous baroque
Capila del Rosario
El Parian Market
Iglesia di Guadalupe
Forts Area
Iglesia di Santa Monika
Planetary
Poblano Cultural Institute
Ecological Park
No Intervencion Museum


Leaving the city, only a few minutes from the main road, there are many historical sites and recreational stops. Cholula famous for 365 churches, where one can also visit remnants of glorious past: In what appears to be a mountain, crowned by Sanctuary of Remedios, there is half-buried pyramid which is accessible through tunnel. The objects found during the excavations are exhibited in a museum.

Only 30 minutes from the city, there are towns of Tapeaca, Tecali, Cuautinchan and Tecamachalco, famous for 16th and 17th century Franciscan convents and important colonial jewels of great historical and cultural value.

15 minutes from Puebla, one can visit the city of Atlixco, famous for its extraordinary climate and exceptional nurseries. On the way you can stop and visit San Baltazar Atlimeyaya, to see the largest trout hatcheries in Mexican Republic. Africam Safari, zoological park, has numerous species of African and American fauna freely wander, while you observe from the safety of your car or bus. There are 3000 animals of 250 different species, some in danger of extinction.

In Puebla, one can visit Cantona, the second largest area of Mesoamerica, with 12 Sq. km and 24 ball courts.

The majolica-style Talavera china is one of the finest and most important of Mexican ceramic arts. It is characterized as porcelain of glazed metallic tincture, giving the china blue color on white background. This art demonstrates Asian and Spanish influences, as much in the processed material as in the decoration, which includes stylized birds with very long tails or Chinese figures. Table ware, large vases, cups and small bowls, spice containers and numerous tiles for diverse uses are all produced.

 

 

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