Puebla, Mexico

The city of Puebla is one of the most famous colonial cities of Mexico, offering a variety of cultural attractions and beautiful natural sites in its surroundings.

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About Puebla, Mexico

Known as the Reliquary of America, Angelópolis or Puebla de los Angeles, the Heroic Puebla de Zaragoza is a city located in the east of central Mexico; it was founded in 1531 and is surrounded by the Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl volcanoes. This city, capital of the Mexican State of Puebla, has all the benefits of a modern city but preserving the charm of a picturesque village. Because of its more than five thousand colonial buildings, most of them Renaissance-Baroque style, the historic center was declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1987, making it one of the most visited sites in Mexico.

Some of the most representative examples of the richness of Puebla are Puebla Cathedral, an authentic architectural jewel with the tallest church towers in the country; and the Chapel of the Rosario, a temple from the 17th century, which is one of the greatest achievements of the Baroque art of New Spain. Other landmarks include the Palafoxiana Library, built in the 17th century as the first public library in Latin America; and the Amparo Museum, located in a beautiful colonial building housing pre-Hispanic, Viceregal and contemporary art pieces. The Zocalo is the cultural, political, social and religious center of the city; its square full of trees and sculptures, is surrounded by portales with plenty of coffee shops and restaurants that serve the exquisite and world famous traditional cuisine of Puebla.

Other highlights are the Museum of Viceregal Art, built in 1541; the National Railway Museum, a place located in what once were two railway stations; and the Museum of the Revolution, located in the former house of Aquiles Serdán, leader of the anti-reelection movement that was born and died in Puebla. In the surrounding streets of the historic center you can see buildings with facades coated in talavera, being Casa de los Muñecos the most representative; it is a property decorated with tiles and murals with human caricatures which also houses a restaurant. There is also Callejón de Los Sapos, a tourist corridor with colorful facades where you will find a great variety of handcrafts, furniture and antiques.

Within 4 kilometers (2.5 mi) of downtown Puebla you can visit Fort Loreto and Fort Guadalupe, where the Battle of Puebla was fought; and Parque de los Fuertes, home of the bastions of the Mexican resistance used during the second French intervention in the country, as well as the monument to Ignacio Zaragoza, the main hero of this movement.

Angelópolis is the modern part of the city, a financial district that includes corporate offices, luxury residential complexes, renowned hotels, plus shopping and entertainment centers. Parque Linear, an entertainment center that consists of three artificial lakes, jogging tracks and the spectacular Star of Puebla, a ferris wheel that has the Guinness world record for being the observation wheel with larger diameter in the world.

***The official currency of Mexico is the Mexican Peso (MXN).

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