Puebla City, Mexico

Founded by the Spanish in 1531 in the middle of the route from Mexico city and the Port of Veracruz, Puebla became the most important city of Colonial Mexico during 300 years.

The city of Puebla, capital of the state of the same name, was the first city planned entirely by Europeans in Colonial Mexico, as early as in 1531. Instead of building a city on an existing indigenous community, Spanish colonists thought Puebla as a middle of the way resting place on the route between Mexico city and the main port, Veracruz, the gate towards the Old World.

The XVII and XVIII centuries architecture of the city is simply astonish. Puebla´s Cathedral is considered one of the most beautiful of the country. Other examples of impressive religious architecture are the Temple of the Company of the Holy Spirit, the Temple of San Francisco, the Convents of Santo Domingo and Santa Monica, and La Concordia Church.

Among civic buildings that feature beautiful manufacture are the City Hall or City Palace, the baroque style State Museum or House of "El Alfeñique", and the Fine Arts Academy. The oldest house in Puebla city is from 1580 and is known as the Dean´s House. And one of the oldest theaters in the continent is the Principal Theater, from 1767.

Specially mentionable is the Palafoxian Library, founded by Bishop Juan de Palafox in 1647. The library is a jewel of the Colonial period and treasures very old documents and material from the XVI, XVII, and XVIII centuries.

Recently, the Convention Center, an outstanding combination of historic restoration and new architecture, has opened its doors to the public offering expositions, conventions, and congresses. It has been built on four old textiles factories covering a 10 thousand square meters surface. It is worth the visit and it is located very close to the downtown area, a few steps away of the San Francisco Church.

Museums that everyone should visit in the also known as City of the Angels are the Non Intervention Museum, located in the forts of Loreto and Guadalupe. These forts were the scenery of an important battle that took place in 1862, in which the invading French Army was defeated.

Other museums include the Bello Museum, the Amparo Museum, the Museum of Viceregal Art, the University Museum or House of the Dolls, the Natural History Museum, and the Revolution Museum or House of the Serdan Brothers. This house is considered the authentic cradle of the Mexican Revolution since the Serdan brothers started the fight two days earlier that planned by revolutionary hero Madero.

In Puebla, a place to be visited is the Parian Market where it is possible to buy beautiful handicrafts, like ceramics, glassware, "onix", and pottery. In addition, the Talavera or original tiles have gained world fame due to its beauty.

Besides, the Artist Neighborhood is home of many artist such as painters that show their work to the people strolling the area.

The Toads Square is famous for its bazaars and antiquities.

Puebla has gained fame throughout history due to its excellent cuisine, considered one of the finest and diverse in the country. Among the main dishes that everybody ought to try are the "Poblano mole", the red or green "pipian", the "tinga" and the famous "chalupas". Candies, such as "camotes" or Santa Clara cookies are also very recommended.

The city of Puebla is dynamic and vibrant. It offers a wonderful private zoo just a few miles from the city, in the Valsequillo Lake zone.

In Puebla, modern shopping malls await buyers to offer them all kind of products and interesting entertainment, from movie theaters to ice skate rings to excellent restaurants and bars.

The tourist state office is one block south of the Zocalo, on 5 Oriente Street between 16 de Septiembre and 2 Sur Avenues. The City of Puebla visitors office is on the north side of the Zocalo, in the City Hall.