The shopping mall "Pasaje Comercial" in the block of the town hall runs directly to the fountain in the middle of the main square "Zocalo". The passage is also called "Pasaje del Ayuntamiento". As early as 1542 a passage was built here.
The City Council of Puebla was opened in 1906. English architect "Charles Hall" designed the building were parts of the second town hall have been integrated into the new building. Since 1987, the "Palacio Municipal de Puebla" is a World Heritage Site.
The pedestrian zone "Calle 5 de Mayo" is the main shopping street of Puebla. From here you can reach Av. 6 to the market hall. The cast-iron market "Mercado La Victoria" from 1910, has beautiful art nouveau glass works in the central dome.
The construction of the country's second largest cathedral, after Mexico City, was started in 1575. The Renaissance church was inaugurated in 1649. The two towers were completed in 1768, they are the tallest bell towers in Mexico. Interesting is the dome cladded with azulejos tiles.
At the Plaza de la Constitucion (Zocalo), stands the town hall and the cathedral of Puebla. On the tree-lined square, there is a model of the old town of Puebla. At the edge of the square there are many cafes and restaurants.
The Mercado de Artesanias El Parián is a local handicraft market, located about three blocks east of the Zocalo. The single-storey stalls offer predominantly clothing, tablecloths and similar craft products.
After an angel had designated the place for a church, the Jesuits began in 1583 with the construction of the Iglesia de la Compañia. The "Templo del Espiritu Santo" was completed in 1767, but the Jesuit order was banned from Mexico a few months before.
In the center of Puebla almost every historic building has a patio. The courtyards are often much more sumptuous and colorful designed as the rather simple facades on the street. The courtyards are private and you should ask if you are allowed to enter. Do not worry, Mexicans are friendly people.
The church of the Franciscan monastery was built between 1535 and 1760. This explains the colorful mix of styles of the church. The special feature of this church is the red-tiled middle section of the west facade. The building is otherwise painted yellow, except for the bell tower of the monastery, built with natural stone.
Welcome to Puebla
With 1.5 million inhabitants Puebla is one of the largest cities in Mexico. After the victory over the French invasion force in 1862, the city received the addition "Heroica". The official name of the city is "Heroica Puebla de Zaragoza".