Wandering along the narrow streets of the historic center of Puebla, we were quick to fall in love with this wonderful city. Puebla has a unique charm and the city quickly rubs off on anyone who visits. From the colourfully painted buildings to the incredible culinary scene (it is the birthplace of mole), Puebla was a delight for the senses. There are several amazing museums, plazas and over 70 churches located inside the UNESCO World Heritage city center. Puebla is one of Mexico’s best kept secrets.
We have both had Puebla on our bucket list for quite a long time. The city was founded in 1541. It has developed into the fourth largest in the country. We were excited to start exploring this famous Mexican city. Puebla is located along the trading route which connects Mexico City with the eastern ports of Veracruz along the Gulf of Mexico, helping to sustain the city’s long term growth. Puebla retains a colonial look while still being quite modernized and forward thinking.
We were nearing the end of our 12 day adventure through Central Mexico, and tried to enjoy every moment . After taking an early bus from Queretero City in the morning we arrived in Puebla. We dropped off our bags at the hotel and began exploring the city.
Inside the Historic City Center
There is so much colour in Puebla. The city is known for the painted ceramic tiles known as Talavera, which adorn many of the city’s buildings. The historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to thousands of well preserved colonial-era buildings.
There are over 70 churches in the colonial center, and there were two incredible churches that stood out for us. The Chapel of Rosario and Puebla Cathedral, which has a towering bell tower and is located next to the Zocalo, were most impressive. Inside the Chapel of Rosario (attached to the Church of Santo Domingo) there are some of the most incredible baroque style artwork and carvings. The gold shines in the sunlight.
There was so many great things to do, and we were sad when it was finally time to leave. During our stay we also visited the nearby Peubla Magico of Cholula (home to one of the world's largest pyramids) and stopped at several of the city's museums when it started raining.
We have more pictures from the Amparo Museum, Biblioteca Palafoxania and Museum of the Baroque which will will share next week. Puebla was one of our main targets when we were planning our trip through Central Mexico. After our visit, it quickly became one of our favourites. Without a doubt, it has lived up to our expectations.
We hope you enjoy the following pictures, which will hopefully inspire you to add Puebla to your Mexico bucket list. We promise you will not be disappointed.