The Casa de Alfeñique is named for the intricate mortar work that covers its facade. Alfeñique is a kind of sugar and almond candy. It was constructed by Antonio Santamaría de Inchaurregui for Juan Ignacio Morales, who was a master ironsmith.
The facades also contain ironwork balconies, cornices and a crown. The house was left to the state by Alejandro Ruiz Olavarrieta in 1896. It was first used to house the first public museum in the city of Puebla. The collection contains more than 1,500 pieces of a historical nature
The 5 de Mayo Streetwut is one of the most beautiful streets in Puebla.
Every year on the 5th of May, Puebla celebrates the defeat of invading French troops here in 1862. Celebrations include several days of concerts, lectures, other cultural activities. On the 5th itself, there is a very large parade and a re-enactment of the battle. The parade includes Mexican Army, Navy, Special Forces and soldiers dressed in period uniform.
The Zocalo with its garden is the cultural, political and religious center of the city as it is in every Mexican city or town.
Many political and cultural events have been and continue to be held here. Bullfights were held in the main square from 1566 to 1722.
Today, the Zocalo is a tree-filled plaza and contains a large number of sculptures, but the most noted is the one of the Archangel Michael that is in a fountain placed in the center in 1777. Many notable buildings surround the Zocalo including City Hall, the Casa de los Muñecos and the Cathedral. Most of the streets in Puebla are named on a numbering system, which centers on the northwest corner of the Zocalo.
The Municipal Palace is located on Maximino Avila Camacho. The facade is made of gray cantera stone in Renaissance style, using Ionic columns and pediments, differing from the other buildings that border the main plaza. The portal has two levels topped by a central garret, in which there is a clock and towers on each side.
The Chapel Del Rosario is located in the Church of Santo Domingo and is the most beautiful its part and the most beautiful Chapel in Mexico.
The Chapel was built between 1650 and 1690 and was the first to be dedicated to the Our Lady of the Rosary.
The chapel is filled with symbolism, as it is filled with images and elements which are representative of the Baroque of New Spain. This symbolism is principally meant to aid with the evangelization process. The chapel contains three themes important to the Church, the mysteries of the rosary, the virtues associated with it and the Virgin of the Rosary herself. The cupola is in the shape of the crown of the Virgin Mary.
The chapel is decorated with sculpted plaster that has been gilded done by local artists. There are also six paintings done by José Rodriguez Carnero as well as paintings by the altar depicting the life of the Virgin.
The Church of Santo Domingo is one of the most beautiful churches in Pueba.
The main portal is of pure Classic style finished in gray cantera stone. It consists of three levels with paired Doric-like columns.
The facade of the old monastery is highly decorated in Baroque style, in front of which is a large atrium. Inside the ceiling consists of two large vaults and contains gilded altarpieces in Baroque, Salmonic and Churrigueresque styles.
The main altar is octagonal, with four others oriented to the cardinal directions. The complex consists of fourteen chapels in various styles with numerous artistic works such as the main cupola and the main altar, both decorated by Cristóbal de Villalpando.
The facade is classified as late Baroque in transition to Neoclassical, with Doric and Corinthian columns.
The seating in the choir is made of parquetry of fine woods, onyx and ivory of Moorish design. The two organs were donated by Charles V. In the crypt under the Cathedral, numerous statues of saints and angels made of onyx can be seen.
Puebla Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral. The cathedral is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception.
The Cathedral took 300 years to complete, in part due to interruptions in its construction. The Cathedral was begun in 1575 under orders of Philip II of Spain by architects Francisco Becerra and Juan de Cigorondo. The building was consecrated in 1649 even though only half of the walls and much of the roof were missing and the towers not yet built. The north tower was added in 1678 and the south tower in 1768.The shape of the cathedral is a Latin cross and contains five naves.
Its bell towers stand at just less than 70 meters high is the tallest in Mexico.
I visited Puebla in my long trip in Mexico in January of 2011. It was my second Mexican city in my trip. The city of Puebla is one of the five most important colonial cities in Mexico.
The city was founded in 1531 in an area called Cuetlaxcoapan, which means “where serpents change their skin”.
The historical and cultural value of Puebla's architecture is a major reason the city was chosen as a World Heritage Site in 1987. Various styles and techniques such as Baroque, Renaissance and Classic are represented here in over 5,000 buildings included in the catalogue.
The historic center is filled with churches, monasteries, mansions and the like, mostly done in gray cantera stone, red brick and decorated with multicolored tiles. Puebla is also considered to be the “cradle of Mexican Baroque” both in architecture and in the decorative arts.
Due to its history and architectural styles ranging from Renaissance to Mexican Baroque, the city was named a World Heritage Site.
Municipal Tourist Information Office Portal Hidalgo 14, Centro Historico (222) 404-5008
State Tourist Information Office 5 Oriente 3, Centro Historico (222) 777-1519
You can watch my 6 min 54 sec Video Mexico Puebla out of my Youtube channel.
When visiting I had the oportunity to visit a magnificent exhibition of photos on the 1st floor. There is also a little cafe.
For sure amongst Mexico's finest museums!
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed on tuesdays, entrance free on mondays.
In 1571 the friars of Santo Domingo founded a convent dedicated to San Miguel in Puebla. Apparently the construction of the temple and convent lasted several years, because the temple was concluded in 1659. Its cover is of sober baroque style and in the interior it emphasizes its ample ship, where the choir under adorned with yeserías and a beautiful greater altar of 1688 can be appraised. This is the work of Pedro Maldonado.
This is a must see activity because you do not have any choice: the volcano called Popocateptl can be seen from almost everywhere around Puebla.
It is a huge - around 3.800 m high - mountain, which often "smokes".
The Zócalo is the main square in downtown, the heart of the city.
Puebla is divided into four main parts: north, west, east and south. On the street names you can notice that.
On the weekends, during the day, the Zócalo is always crowded with people walking here and there, kids playing, business men in a hurry, old ladies on the benches.
The church was built in the 16th century on the top of the Cholula Aztec pyramid in Cholula, near Puebla.
You can see it from almost everywhere in Cholula... from a certain angle you can also admire the church in front of the Popocateptl volcano.
Popocatepetl is a snow capped stratovolcano that stands 4200 m above the surrounding basin. The name Popocatepetl, meaning "Smoking Mountain", was given to the volcano by the Aztecs, and suggests that the volcano has long been active. Popo, as it is often called, is built on an older volcano which adds 3800 m to Popocatepetl's elevation.