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Historic Centre of Puebla
Posted by: HoboSylvain | 2014-01-04 19:58:37 | Puebla de Zaragoza, Puebla, Mexico
Keywords: architecture, UNESCO
Puebla was founded in 1531 and it's the first Mexican city built exclusively for the Spanish invaders, not on top of another city already established there. It's historical centre is extremely large, over an area of about 7 sq kilometres, it includes more than 2600 buildings and monuments spread over almost 400 city blocks. That location was chosen by the Spaniards as a starting point before climbing up the volcanoes valley between the Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl volcanoes in order to reach the city of Mexico.

The Centro of Puebla is extraordinary rich in architecture. Yes, you find dozens of massive churches including the impressive cathedral and the stunning magnificence of the Rosary chapel. But you will also find dozens and dozens of wonderful civil buildings richly decorated with detailed sculptures or window frames.

In opposition to most colonial cities I've been to so far, very few houses are plastered because here they used the brick creatively to make interesting patterns and designs. More, they integrated one of the pride of Puebla... the talavera, It's a local form of pottery and ceramic. It's used to make all kinds of decorative elements... including tiles. Many buildings integrate some of those tiles within the brick design, others cover totally their outside walls with it. The effect is really stunning sometimes.

All this wonderful architecture makes you spend hours walking in every direction, because it's a vast area. But Puebla is a very big city (over 2 million people) and it's packed.... making it difficult to really appreciate the wonders around you... because you're always in the middle of a sea of people bumping and pushing each other on the sidewalks greatly reduced in size by the vendors of all kinds. You can get out early in the morning to see many sites with a good light... but then the streets are covered with trash, removing some of the magic again.

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