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Colonial Buildings in Puebla

30/12/2021
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Puebla is the capital and the largest city of the Puebla State.

Palacio Municipal (Municipal Palace)

Its construction ends in 1906, the façade is made of gray quarry stone in Renaissance style. In the interior, there is a patio with an
exquisite marble stairway, as well as beauty salons and stained glass windows.

The Church of Santo Domingo

It was built in 1571. The temple is a stunning example of the Baroque style, and is famous for the resplendent Rosary Chapel, with 22-karat gold decoration, one of the city’s jewels. Ornate sculptures, masterful paintings, and extravagant gold leaf cover every inch of the walls and ceiling of the chapel, creating a dazzling effect. The chapel is sometimes referred to as “the golden house” or “the eighth wonder of the world”.

Casa de Los Muñecos (House of the Dolls)

An 18th Century building with one of the most beautiful façades in the city. It is so named because of the building’s façade is decorated by 16 panels with Talavera that include semi-naked figures that appear to be like dolls. Inside, the University Museum exhibits more than 200 colonial paintings, and it also houses an elegant restaurant. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00 hrs.

Church of San Francisco. Shrine of San Sebastian

It was built in the 16th century. It features an incredible orange-red tile facade. In the sideway of the church is the San Francisco Rode, with a number of restaurants where you can enjoy the traditional “chalupas”. Nearby it is interesting to visit the ancient Almoloya public washing area.

Ex Convento de Santa Rosa

The convent was built in 1739 and since 1973 it was transformed into a cultural center. In 1869, it ceased being a convent and became a psychiatric hospital. In the 20th century, the Ceramic Museum was founded in the building’s kitchen. This is where the story of the invention of mole poblano takes place. The facility exhibits local costumes and handicrafts and offers shows and art classes. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00.

La Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepción (Cathedral)

The massive cathedral has Renaissance architecture and was built in different periods since 1575. No less impressive is the interior, decorated with beautiful masterpieces. The Cathedral has two organs donated by Carlos V.

Los Portales (The Gates)

This is a place full of history surrounded by buildings from the colonial period, where you can enjoy the typical dishes in one of the many restaurants located at the gates.

Monastery of Santa Catalina de Siena

It was built in 1556 and is considered the oldest in the city. With a simple façade, its interior displays beautiful baroque altarpieces.

Casa del Alfeñique

This 18th-century building houses the Regional Museum of Puebla with a display of 16th Century Mexican Indian codices, Spanish armors, blueprints, photographs, paintings, carriages, and a collection of antique dresses. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00 hrs Sunday, free entrance.

Ex Convento de Santa Mónica, Museo de Arte Religioso (Ex Convent of Santa Monica, Museum of Religious Art)

In this convent, the nuns created the famous Chiles en nogada, as a tribute to Agustin de Iturbide when he came back to Puebla after signing the declaration of Independence of Mexico, so they prepared this dish with the colors of the Mexican flag: green of the pepper, white of the Nogada and red of the pomegranate.

Today the convent houses the Museum of Religious Art with more than 3,500 pieces of sacred art from the 16th to 19th centuries, one of the largest collections of religious art in Mexico. It has 27 rooms that explain the origins of the site, the history of Puebla since the sixteenth century, the process of evangelization, and the everyday life of the convent. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00.

School of Talavera Poblana, “Patio de los Azulejos”

It was built around 1677. This is a place where you can see the Talavera making process, top-quality hand-painted ceramics with artistic designs for tiles and bases.

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