Puebla


Puebla is a capital of Puebla state. Its official name is Heroica Puebla de Zaragoza, in honor of Gen. Ignacio Zaragoza, who defeated the French forces there in 1862. Located in a highland valley, it is an important agricultural, commercial, and manufacturing center, as well as a popular tourist spot. The site of Mexico’s first textile-producing factory, Puebla has cotton mills, an automobile factory, onyx quarries, and pottery and food industries. The city is noted for the colored tiles that decorate its buildings and numerous churches, as well as those of nearby Cholula. The cathedral, built between 1552 and 1649, is one of the finest in Mexico; the theater, constructed in 1790, is said to be the oldest on the continent. Founded c.1535 as Puebla de los Ángeles, the city was historically a link between the coast and Mexico City. It was taken (1847) by U.S. Gen. Winfield Scott during the Mexican War. French troops captured Puebla in 1863 but were ousted by Porfirio Díaz in 1867. Puebla was the center of a large earthquake in 1973 that caused intense damage to the city and its surrounding region.

Location:

Puebla City is a beautiful colonial City located 132 km from Mexico City by the federal highways 150D and 190 in the State of Puebla, Mexico.

Attractions:

The Museum of La No Intervencion, and the Civic Center 5 de Mayo, situated in the Loreto Fort.

The Cathedral of Nuestra Señora de la Inmaculada Concepcion, which is considered one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the Country.

The Temple of San Francisco.

The Temple of La Compañia, where the famous China Poblana is said to be buried.

The Santo Domingo and Santa Monica Convents.

The Santa Rosa Convent, which nowadays is the Handicrafts Museum.

La Concordia Church, with its tiled yard.

The Barrio del Artista.

El Parian.

The Baroque-Style State Museum or the House of El Alfeñique.

The Municipal Palace.

The Natural History Museum.

The Fine Arts Academy.

El Bello Museum and the Main Theater.

Regarding the traditional cuisine, the outstanding specialties in Puebla are:

  • mole
  • pipian
  • tinga
  • chalupas

You can also enjoy camotes and some other delicious candies.

In Puebla you can buy beautiful handicrafts such as ceramics, glassware, and pottery.