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 Loreto Fort is a famous fort that along the Guadalupe 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 Loreto (this one), and the Virgin of Guadalupe (the other one), but in 1816, during the Revolution were fortify to resist the Insurgents forces. While the Guadalupe Fort is almost a ruin -because it's older-, this one stands as a reminder of the threatens the city has survived.
Nowadays, in the fort you can admire the War Museum. In it there are many documents, paintings , uniforms, and other objects that narrate the history of the French Intervention and the Puebla Battle. An old and beautiful chapel on one side of the building is the only remainder of this being a religious site originally, and in it is an exposition of many flags and important figures of Latin America and México.