Places of interest
It is also known as the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and current headquarters of the Episcopal Archdiocese of Puebla. The cathedral was started to build in 1575 and finally consecrated by Bishop Juan de Palafox y Mendoza on April 18 of 1649. Puebla Cathedral, of Herrera style, boasts to be one of the most important properties of the largest historical center of Puebla.
Old square remodeled in 1940 retaining its colonial style. The story goes that the brothers and former teachers of the Old Academy of Fine Arts, Joseph and Angel Figueroa Márquez were the people responsible for promoting the arts in this place by teaching painting outdoors. The teachers wanted a place where the students could express themselves through art and that the city will have its own bohemian district in the area where they study. Today in the Artist Quarter you´ll find numerous plastic, paintings and sculptures workshops, exhibitions and art for sale.
Palafox Library (former College of San Joaquin)
Bibliographic center located in the historic center of the city of Puebla, founded by Bishop Juan de Palafox y Mendoza in 1646. The Palafox Library is considered the richest in scriptures in all forms of Spanish America, currently sheltering 42.556 books, 5,354 manuscripts and valuable furniture. Inside the library are spaces for temporary exhibitions and areas for workshops and educational courses for children and youth.
John Paul II named it The Reliquary of America when se said it during his first visit to Mexico in 1979. The Chapel of the Rosary is a stunning architectural jewel located inside the Temple of Santo Domingo. The chapel stands the image of the Virgen del Rosario surrounded by angels, saints and crosses. At the top of the walls of the chapel you can observe work of the painter Jose Rodriguez Carnero, with topics related to the Joys of the Virgin. Considered one of the masterpieces of novohispanicso barraco in Mexico and considered the "eighth wonder of the world" in its time.
House Brothers Serdan (Museum of the Revolution)
Old house of the Serdán Alatriste family turned museum. Place where the cries of the beginning of the Mexican revolution were heard on 18 November 1910. During the antirreeleccionista movement led by Francisco I. Madero against Porfirio Diaz, the house of the brothers was used as the base for the armed uprising planned for November 20. After being discovered on November 18, police and federal troops went to the house of the Serdan brothers to crush the revolution. Aquiles and Maximo Serdan and 13 of his collaborators were killed in the clash. The women of the house were arrested, but not before Carmen Serdan, older sister of Achilles, climbed to the roof of the house to encourage residents to join the fight. Currently, the building houses the Museum of the Revolution showcases various objects, furniture and recreations of artwork and bronze sculptures of the Serdan brothers: Carmen, Aquiles and Maximo names and portraits of the protagonists of the uprising
Oldest house of Dean of the Cathedral of Puebla, Don Tomás de la Plaza Goes, built as a residence in 1580 by the architect Francisco de Becerra, same that participated in the construction of the Cathedral. Today you can see original Renaissance facade and two rooms whose walls show ancient murals, which were discovered in 1953. Puebla Cathedral Architectural treasure and most representative monument in the Historic Center of the city of Puebla whose Herrera style towers can be seen on the horizon at 73.93 meters high, considered among the highest in the country. Inside visitors can find fourteen chapels, artwork, three pipe organs, one of which is 400 years old, and paintings by painters Cristobal de Villalpando and Pedro Garcia Ferrer. Its altar is one of the masterpieces of Mexico. Its new design was done by architect Manuel Tolsa to replace the old baroque design.
Star of Puebla
Biggest wheel of fortune in Latin America and Guinness World Record winner with its 80 meters high, 750 tons and 54 cars. La Star of Puebla is located in the Angelópolis in the linear park. In its surroundings, visitors will find benches, fountains, artificial lake, two restaurants, gardens, a high-walk and jogging track.
Ex Hacienda de Chautla
Charming nineteenth century castle located in the center of an artificial lake surrounded by gardens, wooded trails, a chapel and a museum explaining how the property operates and showcases many original pieces, including the stunning kitchen Talavera. Built on a site that King Carlos III of Spain gave to Manuel Rodriguez Lopez Pinillos and Montere on 17 November 1777. At the site visitors have the option to spend a relaxing day, go fishing, take a walk through the springs, staying in cabins or camping.
Museum Family interactive space where children can learn and explore science and technology while having fun. The museum encourages children to participate and experience in their workshops and activities that take place in the museum. General admission $50 pesos.
Within the Plazuela de los Sapos visitors will find the popular antique market located between colonial houses, restaurants and bars. Enjoy the colorful view of the square from a balcony. The weekend flea market fills with innovative craftsmanship while the night is filled with mariachi music and other sets of live music.
Parian market, located in the Historic Center of Puebla, you can find a variety of crafts such as onyx pieces, miniatures, glass, clay, fabrics and embroidery, wooden toys, mole, sweets, etc. Architect Antonio Santamaria Icháurregui built the market between 1796 and 1810. Open daily from 10:00 to 22:00 hours.
Located in the old hospital of San Juan de Letran, erected in 1538, in the Historic Center of Puebla. Its rooms have more than 1,700 archaeological pieces, in addition to 1,300 works of colonial art of the nineteenth and twentieth century. The museum also has a cultural center with large temporary exhibition areas where they carry out national and international art exhibitions. General admission $35 pesos, free on Mondays.
Museo Bello y Gonzalez
Religious art museum founded in 1944 on the initiative of Jose Luis Bello y Gonzalez and his son José Mariano Bello and Acedo. The museum houses a collection of 3028 pieces of America, Europe and Asia of most prestigious in Mexico. Visitors will transport to the colonial era throughout 15 showrooms where you can admire period furniture, ceramics, paintings, pieces of Talavera, lacquers, ivories, fittings, crystal, fine china and religious ornaments stands.
Loreto and Fort Guadalupe
Pair of old military nineteenth century forts converted museums located on the hill of Acueyametepec. Loreto and Fort Guadalupe served as the setting for the historic Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 during the French intervention in Mexico, where the Mexican army defeated the French. Today visitors can explore the forts and know in detail the events of that memorable and celebrated day.
Striking architecture building neoclassical Porfiriana design dating from the early twentieth century. Since the founding of the city in 1531, the building was preordained to Town Hall or City Hall. Over the years the palace underwent several changes. In 1704 it was demolished and rebuilt with a graceful arches on two levels. After 1897, the palace was partially demolished and redesigned Elizabethan English by the English architect Charles TS Hall. This last remodeling concluded the 5th of January of 1901. It highlights the elegant courtyard of double arcade, white Carrara marble stairway, stained glass emblematic of the city, eighteenth century clock and beautiful rooms, the most important is the Board of Councils of Renaissance style, with paintings by artist Herrera Gutierrez. On the façade you can see a replica of the "Esquilón San Jose" (Bell of Dolores), gift of the then President of the Republic, Lic. Adolfo Lopez Mateos, which is sounded every September 15 during the ceremony of the “Grito de Independencia “.
Travel to the remotest regions of space and galaxies in the Planetarium of Puebla located atop Acueyametepec hill. Its Omni max Dom uses the latest IMAX technology to project representations of greater size and quality. The 23 meters projection dome is the largest in Mexico. The planetarium also has a digital projector Stars (Christie 4K), the first of its kind in Mexico. 4K resolution, double Full HD, with a light intensity of 35,000 lumens, so you will not miss any detail. The little ones will spend a pleasant time with interactive games and workshops about robotics, chemistry, biology among others themes available to the public. General admission $60 pesos.
Site founded by the Olmec culture-Xicalanca between 100-1100 AD. Historians suggest that the Olmec-Xicalanca was a rich civilization, evident by the huge Cacaxtla platform and ostentatious decor. Its size and importance is credited to its strategic location in other to control the passage of the trade route between Teotihuacan and the lowlands of the Gulf through which lead to Tabasco and Campeche. The archaeological site of Cacaxtla-Xochitécatl is located in the town of San Miguel del Milagro, about 19 km southwest of the capital, in the municipality of Nativitas. General admission $55 pesos.
Oldest theater Space in Mexico inaugurated in 1761. I got several functions throughout its history. Its first it served as "Comedy Corral" then as "The Old Coliseum" and finally "The Main Theater". During the War of Independence it served artillery warehouse. Its design was based at the old Theater of Mexico City and has capacity for 1,600 people. Today the Main Theater is a space for theater, opera, music, dance, variety, festivals, children's shows, conferences, meetings and reports of government.
Archaeological site located in the municipality of Natívitas, 13km southwest of Tlaxcala de Xicohtencat and 27km northwest of downtown Puebla de Zaragoza. Xochitecatl is the most important and oldest archaeological site in the Puebla-Tlaxcala Valley. In its time it served as the most important ceremony center and town and city between 300 BC and 900 AD. The archaeological site is composed of four main buildings: Spiral Building, Volcanoes Pedestal, Flower Pyramid and the Serpent Building.
Cholula Archaeological Zone
It is the largest pyramid in the world with a base of 430 by 460 meters and a height of 60 meters built in the first century AC. His name in Nahuatl means "hill made by hand" because of its size that resulted from building seven pyramids superimposed completely over the previous. For their research, it was necessary dig about 8 km tunnel to observe different stages of construction. The Great Pyramid found on the archaeological site was built in honor of the god Chiconquiahuitl (rain) that was revered by the Olmeca-Xicalanca culture until 1300 AD. General admission $ 46 pesos.
Archaeological Site San Cristobal Tepatlaxco
Archaeological site located at the foot of Totoquema Hill 35 km northwest of Puebla de Zaragoza, which was used as a ceremonial center between 300 BC and 600 AD by the Olmec. Its pre-Hispanic name, Tepatlaxco in Nahuatl means "in the palace ball game. " Visitors will find of 2.5 to 9 meters pyramids on the site.