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Nestled among four volcanoes, Puebla is a large city in east-central Mexico. Puebla is widely recognized as the “baroque cradle of Mexico”. This title is easy to understand once you arrive in the city – there are many architectural and historic landmarks of different epochs in Puebla. Without a doubt, they are incredibly popular with tourists. Scenic nature is another treasure of this Mexican city. Beautiful landscapes harmoniously frame the enchanting look of Puebla. Mexicans often call Puebla a gastronomic capital because this is the homeland of numerous unique dishes with exotic flavors and tastes.
Archaeological excavations proved that the first settlements on the site of modern Puebla existed long before the start of our age. The modern history of the city started in 1519 when Hernan Cortes entered this region on his way to Tlaxcala. The indigenous people were under the Aztec dominance at that time, and they were not happy about it. That is why when the Spanish army captured the territory, local people met them as liberators. The foundation date of Puebla – 1531 – is also considered the date when the Mexican state was established. At that time, Puebla was an important transition point between Mexico City and the port of Veracruz. There was also a large military garrison in Pueblo.
The favorable location helped the city to become an important economic and cultural center within a short time. The population of Puebla was growing, and the economy of the state was flourishing. The city was growing in size, and so many churches and monasteries appeared in it. The following centuries were the “golden age” for the Mexican city as its production sector was growing. New factories and manufactories were opening in Puebla. After World War I, the city entered a period of instability. Authorities were frequently changing in the city. The situation stabilized only in 1942 during the reign of Governor Gustavo Diaz. The city’s economy started recovering. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Nowadays, the “cradle of Mexican Baroque” is a unique combination of architectural and cultural landmarks, some of which have gained wide recognition. Pueblo Cathedral is one of the most popular tourist sites. This Roman Catholic church is a fabulous example of colonial architecture. Nowadays, the cathedral is the see of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Puebla de los Ángeles. The building of the shrine started in 1557 and lasted almost a century. The church was consecrated in 1690.
The cathedral’s décor is a unique combination of true treasures. Skillfully made intricate details cover the inside of the church. There are fourteen side chapels and a large iconostasis inside the cathedral. The exquisite alter of the church deserves a separate mention. It was installed during a reconstruction that took place at the edge of the 17th and 18th centuries. Fabulous frescoes by Cristobal de Villalpando decorate the cathedral’s cupola. These frescoes have survived to this day in pristine condition. The paintings feature scenes from the everyday life of the Virgin Mary.
Would you like to see a real treasure of Baroque style? In Puebla, tourists can visit the House of Sugar or Museo Casa del Alfenique. According to a local legend, the blacksmith master Juan Ignacio Morales built this unusual house. He did that to fulfill a wish of the girl he liked. The girl wanted to live in a sugar house. Of course, the building is not made of sugar, but fine building materials, elegant details, and almost weightless white stuccos create a fairytale look. The house was built in 1690. The girl was very pleased to receive such a wedding gift and she was living in this house until her death.
Nowadays, there is a museum open in the House of Sugar. The opening of the venue took place in 1926. The numerous halls of the museum exhibit different artworks that give a thoughtful insight into the historic and cultural development of Puebla starting from the arrival of the Spanish in the Mexican land. The museum’s collection features more than five hundred artifacts scattered among nineteen halls. Some halls feature textiles, and some halls exhibit paintings of prominent historic personalities. There is a hall with sculptures, various books, and documents of the previous centuries.
There is an airport twenty-three kilometers from the city. This is a backup air gate of Mexico City. That being said, it is still more comfortable to fly to the capital of the country first. Mexico City has a large airport that receives numerous international flights every day. After that, get on a bus to the “cradle of Mexican Baroque”. The ride lasts almost one hour. Multiple minibusses connect the two cities. The journey time is roughly the same, but the ticket price is significantly cheaper.

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Reference information
Map of all shopping areas
Shopping streets in Puebla
♥   Shopping area ' Angelópolis' Puebla, 0 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Las Animas' Puebla, 3.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Zavaleta/La Noria' Puebla, 5.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Puebla
♥   National Park 'Molino de Flores Netzahualcóyotl' , 84.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Natural Park 'El Ocotal' , 87.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Municipal Park 'La Uva' , 89.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   City Park 'Andrés Quintana Roo' , 89.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   City Park 'Úrsulo Galván' , 94.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Puebla from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Xico

From the series “Majestic and Spectacular Craters and Crater Lakes”
Xico crater is one of the most accessible and interesting from the tourist point of view. The rural tourist district can reach tourists from Mexico and the surrounding cities. Xico is a remarkable natural sight, located near the hectic metropolis. Behind the edge of the crater lies the wonderfully beautiful landscape with huge fields and the numerous trees, in the shadow of which you can relax on the glorious day. … Read further

Calakmul

From the series “Top 16 Most Amazing Buildings of the Planet”
The washing machine building is a location of the modern offices and the excellently furnished apartments. The high-rise was equipped with the ultramodern supply systems, which are fully automated. The Calakmul skyscraper is worth seeing for all the tourists who are interested in modern technology and are looking forward to seeing the unusual sights in the excursion program. … Read further

Chapel La Estancia

From the series “Glass Architecture - Impressive Villas and Buildings from Glass”
From a distance the building looks cohesive and the gleams in its walls are not seen. In the evening the chapel is decorated with an effective illumination that makes the building bright inside. It is interesting that in the territory of the garden was planned to build a classical chapel in the colonial style. Architectures from Bunker Arquitectura studio admonished the sponsors of the project that the glass chapel will look better among nature. … Read further
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