Architecture in Puebla

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.

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Catedral de Puebla

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Av. 16 de Septiembre unnumbered

This is an impressive treasure of colonial architecture... read more

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Casa del Alfeñique

4 Oriente 416

An unique piece of baroque architecture in Mexico...
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Capilla del Rosario

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5 de Mayo 409

This outstanding example of Mexican Baroque style is considered Puebla's jewel... read more

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Biblioteca Palafoxiana

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

Templo de San Francisco

14 oriente 1003

An important church with a beautiful pottery facade... read more

Templo de la Compañia de Jesus

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

Templo de Santo Domingo

5 de mayo y 4 poniente

A XVIII century church with a marvelous jewel inside... read more

Mercado la Victoria

5 de Mayo entre 4 y 8 poniente

An early XX century market rebuilt as a modern one... read more

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Exconvento de Santa Rosa

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

Centro de Convenciones

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
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