Puebla is famous for many things, the food, the volcanoes, the music, but is the architecture in downtown Puebla that's made of this city the important touristic place it's been for quite a while now.
This city was created by Spaniards, for Spaniards, to be their main residence outside Mexico City. It was the most important stop between the capital and the main port, Veracruz, so the wealth and power of the people living here was second only to Mexico City.
They used all their money to build the biggest, richest, most beautiful houses and churches in all of Mexico. Puebla's Cathedral, some may think, is even more beautiful than the one in Mexico City. The Alfeñique House is unique in all Mexico, its facade seems to be made out of candy. The Santo Domingo church and the Capilla del Rosario are so magnificent, it's almost impossible to describe them; just think of layers and layers of gold creating the most beautiful and baroque figures you've ever seen.
But while all of this was made during the XVI-XVII Century, modern architecture is present in the city as well. The Centro de Convenciones of Puebla is an example of an new, modern, colorful building, containing and old and historic one.
So as you can see, to make a Top 10 list of the best architectural examples in Puebla was a difficult task, but these may be the ones you can't miss.
Av. 16 de Septiembre unnumbered
This is an impressive treasure of colonial architecture... read more
4 Oriente 416
An unique piece of baroque architecture in Mexico...
5 de Mayo 409
This outstanding example of Mexican Baroque style is considered Puebla's jewel... read more
5 Oriente 5
This beautiful baroque library was the first public library in America, and is the only one that has survived to this day... read more
14 oriente 1003
An important church with a beautiful pottery facade... read more
4 Sur at Ave. Palafox y Mendoza
This church was built in late XVI century and is a baroque jewel. Special its facade... read more
5 de mayo y 4 poniente
A XVIII century church with a marvelous jewel inside... read more
5 de Mayo entre 4 y 8 poniente
An early XX century market rebuilt as a modern one... read more
Calle 3 Norte 1203
A beautiful XVII century convent where many of the most important and delicious dishes were created. Nowadays it houses the handicrafts museum... read more
Boulevard Héroes del 5 de Mayo 402
The Convention Center is a mix of the old and the new. Some parts of old factories can be seen along the complex. But the gardens are the must-see places... read more