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Puebla Cathedral

Listen to the choral performances and appreciate the excellent acoustics of this iconic church. Marvel at the octagonal altar, among other treasures.

Puebla Cathedral is a spectacular 16th-century church of colonial origin that rises above the center of the city. It is known for its exceptional interior, with Baroque chapels adorned with artistic and ecclesiastical artifacts. Admire the mixture of neoclassical, Baroque and Renaissance features that reflect the complex construction of the church.

Capture photos of the iconic gray façade, with its three large brown portals and twin bell towers on the flanks. Inspect the statues of saints and the high reliefs depicting Spanish kings. Consider the sheer enormity of the church, which is second in the country only to Mexico City’s cathedral in size. The church is delightful at night, when it is illuminated in white light.

Climb to the top of one of the bell towers, which are the tallest in the country, at 226 feet (69 meters). The tower’s observation platform offers excellent views of the historic attractions decorating Puebla’s city center. Gaze into the distance to see the volcanoes surrounding the city.

Enter the church for its large nave with a Latin cross plan. Explore some of the 14 chapels, each equipped with intriguing works of art and pieces integral to the city’s religious history. A central theme is colonial art from the 16th century, although the 18th-century octagonal altar stands out for its majesty, with Corinthian columns holding up two levels topped by a dome.

Note that the construction of the cathedral commenced in 1535, before being drastically reconstructed beginning in 1575 under the guidance of architect Francisco Becerra. It was finally completed toward the end of the 17th century.

Puebla Cathedral is located in the heart of the city bordering the Zócalo central square. It is accessible by bus, with several stops on the nearby avenues. The church is open to the public daily from morning until midday, then again from late afternoon to evening. Make sure to see neighboring sights, such as the 17th-century Palafoxiana Library, the Dalí Art Gallery and Los Sapos Bazaar.


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Quinta Real Puebla $52
Quinta Real Puebla

Quinta Real Puebla

7 Poniente 105 Centro Historico, Puebla, PUE
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Puebla Historic Center, this historic hotel is steps from Profetica and Puebla Cathedral. Zocalo Square and Angelopolis Commercial Center are also within 3 mi (5 km). Puebla–Cholula Tourist Train Terminal is 24 minutes by foot.

    Quinta Esencia Hotel Boutique $52
    Quinta Esencia Hotel Boutique

    Quinta Esencia Hotel Boutique

    9 Oriente No 16 Centro Historico, Puebla, PUE
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Puebla Historic Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Puebla Cathedral, Santo Domingo Church, and Guardian Angel. FINSA and Container City are also within 9 mi (15 km). Puebla–Cholula Tourist Train Terminal is 28 minutes by foot.

      NH Puebla Centro Histórico $39
      NH Puebla Centro Histórico

      NH Puebla Centro Histórico

      Calle 5 Sur #105, Col. Centro, Puebla, PUE
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Puebla Historic Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bello Museum, Puebla Cathedral, and Zocalo Square. Angelopolis Commercial Center is 3 mi (4.9 km) away. Puebla–Cholula Tourist Train Terminal is 19 minutes by foot.

        Hotel 5 de Mayo $39
        Hotel 5 de Mayo

        Hotel 5 de Mayo

        BLV 5 DE MAYO 404, COL XANENETLA, Puebla, PUE
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Puebla Historic Center, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Zona Histórica de los Fuertes, Zocalo Square, and Puebla Cathedral. Cuauhtemoc Stadium is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away. Puebla–Cholula Tourist Train Terminal is 23 minutes by foot.

          Hotel Boutique Casareyna $64
          Hotel Boutique Casareyna

          Hotel Boutique Casareyna

          Privada 2 Oriente 1007, Centro Historico, Puebla, PUE
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Puebla Historic Center, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Guardian Angel, Santo Domingo Church, and Puebla Cathedral. FINSA and Container City are also within 9 mi (15 km). Puebla–Cholula Tourist Train Terminal is 29 minutes by foot.

            Azul Talavera Hotel $123
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            Azul Talavera Hotel

            10 Norte #1402, Col. Barrio del Alto, Puebla, PUE
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Puebla hotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Five Wounds of San Francisco Conventional Church, Zocalo Square, and Puebla Cathedral. El Parian Market and Candy Street are also within 10 minutes. Puebla–Cholula Tourist Train Terminal is 25 minutes by foot.

              HOTEL GALA $20
              HOTEL GALA

              HOTEL GALA

              Avenida 3, Pte., No 150, Historic Center, Puebla, PUE
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Puebla Historic Center, this hotel is steps from Bello Museum and Puebla Cathedral. Zocalo Square is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) away. Puebla–Cholula Tourist Train Terminal is 21 minutes by foot.

                Hotel Isabel $26
                Hotel Isabel

                Hotel Isabel

                5 PONIENTE 125 COL. CENTRO, Puebla, PUE
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Puebla Historic Center, this hotel is steps from Bello Museum and Puebla Cathedral. Zocalo Square is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) away. Puebla–Cholula Tourist Train Terminal is 23 minutes by foot.