NileGuide Expert Says:
The view of the city and specially the volcanos from the forts is amazing! That only is worth the trip!
Centro Cívico 5 de Mayo, Calzada de los Fuertes
72260 Puebla, Mexico
NileGuide Expert tip:
The forts are open from tuesday thru sunday from 10 am to 4:30 pm. They're not downtown, but there're not that far away, so a taxi shouldn't be too expensive. Or, if you prefer, the hop on - hop off sightseeing buses take there, and you can spend the whole day in there.
The Guadalupe Fort is a famous fort that, along the Loreto Fort
, defended the city from the French Army on the famous "Cinco de Mayo" Battle on May 5, 1862 - called the Puebla Battle.
Originally these forts were temples dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe (this one), and the Virgin of Loreto (the other one), but in 1816, during the Revolution, they were fortify to resist the Insurgents forces. While the Loreto Fort stands as a reminder of the threatens the city has survived, this one is almost a ruin because it's older and not as resistant.
This is the actual place where the "Cinco de Mayo" Battle took place, and though both forts are celebrated because of the winning, this is the one that really defended the city.