Puebla, Mexico


Puebla is such a colorfully riveting town. Gorgeous and elaborate cathedrals dot many corners and classic Talavera tiles decorate nearly every building. We spent quite a bit of time walking around the historic center and the surrounding neighborhoods. We visited the Catedral de Puebla which was built in 1575.


The building below was home to the four siblings that started the Mexican Revolution in 1910 in Puebla.


The Rosary Chapel was incredible. The outside was so unassuming, and inside held a breathtaking display of art and gold.


The Biblioteca Palafoxiana was founded in 1646 as the first public library in Mexico. It has over 45,000 books dating as early as the 15th century.


We strolled along Los Sapos, an incredibly vibrant street that lended many fun backdrops for photographs.


We tried some traditional Mexican candies and learned how the famous Puebla Talavera pottery is made. The tiles and dishes are typically a white base glaze with hand painted colorful designs, traditionally in white and blue.


We also took a trip to Cholula. The Great Pyramid of Cholula was originally built in 300 BCE and has the largest pyramid base in the world. Much of the pyramid is covered by soil, but we walked through the tunnels dug underground to see the pyramid base. Now a beautiful cathedral sits atop the pyramid, representative of the Spanish conquest of Mexico.


On our first night in town, we hit up a Lucha Libre. It is a wrestling match of sorts with costumes and masks, as well as dramatic flips and moves. It was a true cultural experience. We also tried Mezcal, a liquor made from the agave plant served with fruit and grasshopper, ate some delicious churros, and tasted pulque, a fermented alcoholic beverage also made from the agave plant.



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