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Situated at a height of over 7,000 feet between mountain ranges and volcanoes, Puebla (originally named Puebla de los Angeles, or the ‘City of the Angels’), also known as Puebla de Zaragoza, is an important commercial link between Mexico City and the major Gulf Coast port of Veracruz to the east. It is internationally famous for its booming automobile industry and the strong presence of top international automobile companies. Puebla is the only place in the world where VW Beetles are made! 

Historic Centre (Zocalo) of Puebla

The picturesque Centro Histórico which was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. The colonial centre is a colourful, vibrant and charming reflection of Mexico’s colonial days. The main plaza is the central focus of the city and attracts locals and visitors, street performers and live bands. Its beautiful garden with benches scattered under shade trees is a popular meeting spot and a great place for relaxation.

The beautiful fountain in its centre, Fuente de San Miguel, is named after the city’s patron saint…

San Miguel Fountain in Puebla

The plaza, like all the main plazas in Mexico, is lined by sidewalk cafes and restaurants where people stop to enjoy a meal, or sit with a coffee or cold beer and watch the world go by…

Sidewalk cafes and restaurants in Puebla

The surrounding buildings are full of marvellous gray hewn stone facades with lovely wrought-iron balconies…

Wrought-iron balconies of colonial buildings in Puebla

The splendid Cathedral, one of the most notable examples of the city’s beautiful architecture, dominates the plaza…

Cathedral of Puebla

This cathedral features on the reverse side of all $500 peso bank notes. One of the oldest in Mexico, its 69-meter towers are the tallest in the country. Adjacent to the Cathedral, is the Casa de La Cultura (‘House of Culture’) where the first public library in the Americas, Biblioteca Palafoxiana, is located.

Puebla’s main park, Cerro de Guadalupe situated on a hill. From here, one gets a lovely view of the city…

Puebla's main park, Cerro de Guadalupe

Besides the green surroundings, the other attractions here include two historic forts and a museum…

Historic fort in Puebla

The forts witnessed the famous battle of Cinco de Mayo in 1862, between an ill-equipped Mexican army and the strong French army, with Mexico emerging victorious. This glorious moment in the first battle was however short-lived because a year later, the French were able to rule over Mexico for more than three years.

Puebla is famous for its colonial architecture with glazed tiles known as ‘Talavera’, which adorn most of the city buildings. When the Spanish arrived, they brought with them Talavera, a very strong and hard-wearing ceramic, which was colourfully decorated and used primarily for tiles (wall and floor). These tiles, a Moorish craft, originated from the Spanish city of Puebla is famous for its colonial architecture with glazed tiles known as ‘Talavera’, which adorn most of the city buildings. When the Spanish arrived, they brought with them Talavera, a very strong and hard-wearing ceramic, which was colourfully decorated and used primarily for tiles (wall and floor). These tiles, Talavera de la Reina. When the Spanish potters moved to Puebla in the 16th century, their craft gained popularity in the city. By the 18th century, Talavera tiles became well-known throughout the country. Puebla is still the home of traditional pottery workshops that craft the traditional Talavera tiles in the primary colours of red, yellow, green and dark blue. Most of the tiles are designed in blue against cream or white backgrounds, while others are very ornate and use many colours.

The city’s gastronomical delights including its corn dough-based chalupas and mouth-watering pastries and sweets.

The city’s famous dish, mole poblano...

Mole Poblano

Traditional sweets in the markets of Puebla…

Traditional Mexican sweets

You can read more about Puebla, my travel experiences there and at many other beautiful destinations in Mexico in my ebook Discovering Mexico 

Click here to read the book synopsis and sample chapters and to know how you can buy a copy of my ebook.

If you’re interested in knowing all about Mexico, do check my three e-books Discovering MexicoMexico: The Country, Its History & The Maya World and A Guide To Mexican Cuisine which are available for sale on this blog.

And now, enjoy this beautiful piece of music by André Rieu : Edelweiss

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