6 reasons to love Puebla
Puebla de los Ángeles is perhaps the place that combines perfectly the essence of Mexico in one single city, it holds big part of the history and culture of the country. Recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1987, Puebla is definitely a must-see for those who decide to travel throughout Mexico.
Here we share 6 reasons that will make you love this city full of history and modernity, as well as a great cultural wealth.
1. Its history
The city of Puebla is a reference of the culture and history of Mexico. It is considered the second most important city of the New Spain and it was here where the famous battle that we proudly celebrate every May 5th was fought in 1862. Do not miss the chance to visit the Loreto and Guadalupe Forts, where on that day, General Ignacio Zaragoza defeated the French Imperial Army.
2. Its gastronomy
History is also told through gastronomy and it was in Puebla where the mole poblano and the traditional Chiles en Nogada were cooked for the first time, as well as the typical desserts, like camote and borrachitos, which nowadays are a standard of the Mexican cuisine.
3. Its handicrafts
Thanks to the talavera from Puebla, Mexican pottery has gained a deserved place in the world of the arts. It was introduced in Mexico between 1550 and 1585, being produced in several areas during the colonial period, nevertheless in Puebla has been manufactured of continuous form until our days. The talavera of Puebla is characterized by a white background and decorative elements, mostly in blue color, for which cobalt salts are used. This beautiful technique is used in vases, porcelain, figures and tiles. Another example of the creativity of the hands of the craftsmen from Puebla are the textiles, the famous rebozos and quechquemitl are important elements in the traditional indigenous dress, as well as the amate paper, dating to the pre-Hispanic time, in which the Aztecs used it to make codices and rituals, today it is used to make beautiful figures that serve as decoration.
4. Its cultural wealth
Puebla has an artistic and cultural heritage that consists of a great legacy of long years of history, product of the mixture of the different peoples who have inhabited its territory since the pre-Columbian times. Puebla is known for the great quality of its colonial art, which has a museum specifically for the exhibition of the artistic pieces of that time, the Museo Poblano de Arte Virreinal. And like this one, you will also be able to appreciate much of the historical wealth of Puebla in places like the Treasures Museum of the Cathedral, the House of the Serdán Brothers, where the initial battle of the Maderista Revolution was developed and also in the famous Museo del Ferrocarril, an impressive space dedicated to the preservation of the Railroad Cultural Heritage.
5. Its modernity
Nowadays Puebla has turned into an entity recognized by its history as for its modernity and technological vanguard. In the Angelópolis converge, besides history on its own, the entertainment, the culture and the tourism, besides being today a world-class architectural center. Some of the modern and iconic spots you will discover in the city of Puebla are: The International Baroque Museum, by the Japanese architect Toyo Ito, which has the largest baroque art collection in Latin America; the entertainment center Acropolis is also one of the newest venues, with world-class facilities and state-of-the-art technologies, as well as the Metropolitan Auditorium, known as the city’s modern icon of excellence. And of course, we can’t leave out the Cableway and the Star of Puebla, both offer amazing views of the city and of the volcanoes, Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl.
6. Its surroundings
In the state of Puebla you will be able to discover the charm of its 9 Magical Towns. In Atlixco it is said that besides the incomparable landscapes and magnificent views towards the volcanoes Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl, this town has “the best weather of the world”. Get to know also the traditions and 9 waterholes formed in the Almoloya lagoon in the Magical Town of Chignahuapan.
The Magical Town of Cholula is a millennial city where it is found the world’s largest pyramidal base, where it is raised the big Cholula pyramid. Here there are more churches than days in a year, standing out the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Remedies.
Some other Magical Towns that surround the city of Puebla are Cuetzalan, Huauchinango, Pahuatlán, Tlatlauquitepec, Xicotepec and Zacatlán, each one of them with different traditions and attractions.
Fall in love with Puebla, discover its charm in every corner during your upcoming visit. Book your stay since today in one of the best located hotels in the city, in Best Western Plus Puebla you will find the perfect place to enjoy the greatest attractions of Puebla, as it is located just 15 minutes away from downtown, allowing you an easier transfer to any point of the city in addition to having comfortable rooms and affordable rates to enjoy a stay like no other.
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