A PROUD AND RICH HISTORY

Under the silent gaze of ancient volcanoes, the history of Puebla has enfolded across the centuries.

A PROUD AND RICH HISTORY

Under the silent gaze of ancient volcanoes, the history of Puebla has enfolded across the centuries.

A PROUD AND RICH HISTORY

Under the silent gaze of ancient volcanoes, the history of Puebla has enfolded across the centuries.

A PROUD AND RICH HISTORY

Under the silent gaze of ancient volcanoes, the history of Puebla has enfolded across the centuries.

The enchanting colonial city of Puebla, with its UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic city center, boasts over 2,600 buildings and monuments of historical value as well as a wealth of museums. Visitors are invariably captivated by Puebla’s incredibly rich culture, which is proudly represented in its celebrated artisan crafts and culinary traditions.

ESSENTIALS

Zocalo

Puebla’s main square, the Zocalo, is situated in the heart of the city and surrounded by stately historical buildings, monuments and green spaces. The vibrant tree-lined square is a perfect starting point for a leisurely walking tour beginning with the nearby Puebla Cathedral, the town hall (Palacio Municipal) and three sets of arched arcades known as Portales—Portal Hidalgo, Portal Iturbide and Portal Morelos—which are renowned for their broad range of restaurants and bars. Visitors are encouraged to sample a michelada while listening to marimba melodies, enjoy a cocktail at Nevados Don Hermilo and try a typical cemita (sandwich) from Meche.

Puebla Cathedral

One of the most impressive churches in Mexico, Puebla Cathedral is a treasure of colonial architecture and artwork dedicated to the Immaculate Conception. Designed by Francisco Becerra, the first stage of construction took place between 1575 and 1618. The second phase was directed by Bishop Juan de Palafox y Mendoza who consecrated the cathedral in 1649. The main structure and interior design include mainly Baroque and Neoclassical features. Reaching over 70 meters, the cathedral’s towers are the tallest in the country. Designed by Manuel Tolsa, the stunning main altar depicts the kings and queens of 17th-century Europe, while the painter Cristobal de Villalpando decorated the dome of the apse chapel. The choir is an exquisite example of Mudejar artwork with inlaid wood of eight different varieties. According to local legend, the nine-ton main bell was raised at night by angels while the workers slept.

Rosary Chapel

Hailed at the time as the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” the beautiful Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario) was consecrated in 1690 following 40 years of construction. Attached to the Temple of Santo Domingo, the chapel is bathed with natural light. The walls and ceilings are entirely covered with masterful paintings, ornate sculptures, elements of Talavera Poblana and plasterwork covered in dazzling gold leaf. The lavish chapel is considered to be one of the finest examples of Baroque art in Mexico.