Puebla Historic Center

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Marvel at grand colonial architecture, tour excellent galleries and museums, shop at artisan markets and sample the city's tasty signature dish, mole poblano.

The captivating charm of one of Mexico’s oldest cities is on display in Puebla’s Historic Center (Centro Historico). Wander cobblestone streets and alleys to discover artistic facades alongside glorious colonial landmarks. Browse exceptional art exhibitions in the Historic Center, catch theatrical performances and dine on authentic Mexican cuisine.

Start your sightseeing at the Zócalo de Puebla, the city’s sprawling central square surrounded by bars, restaurants and shops. At its heart is the decorative San Miguel Arcangel Fountain. Look for the contemporary representation of the Tree of Life, among other public artworks. Listen to folk musicians, purchase trinkets from artisans and enjoy the nighttime illumination of the surrounding buildings.

Puebla Cathedral, a wondrous blend of baroque, Renaissance and neoclassical styles, looms over the Zócalo’s south side. Climb to the bell towers for panoramic city views and attend choral recitals. The baroque Santo Domingo Church houses the sumptuous gilded Chapel of the Rosary. More lavish baroque designs are on display at the Palafoxiana Library.

Head to the Ampora Museum to browse a collection of pre-Columbian and colonial art. See period furniture, sculptures by Canova and paintings by Puebla-native Agustin Arrieta at the José Luis Bello y Zetina Museum. The Mexican Revolution Museum retraces the city’s involvement in the revolutionary war. Get acquainted with local artists at the San Pedro Museum of Art.

For a deeper insight into the city’s arts and crafts movement, stroll between the market stalls and studios of the Artist Quarter. Antique shops and souvenir stores spread along Los Sapos Alley street market. Try confectionary made from everything from fruits to pine nuts and sweet potato on Candy Street. Performing arts venues, including the City Theatre and Teatro Principal, are some of several options for an evening of entertainment.

Puebla’s Historic Center is best explored on foot and attractions are rarely more than a 30-minute walk apart. Take breaks at restaurants that serve mole poblano, a typical Mexican red-brown sauce that was invented in the city. It’s usually poured over chicken and turkey.

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