City Orientation Walk (Self Guided), Puebla

The lovely city of Puebla, located southeast of the Mexican capital, is renowned for its culinary tradition, but even more so for its colonial architecture and pottery. The latter includes painted Talavera tiles, produced locally and widely applied to embellish the walls of numerous local buildings. The city's number 1 attraction is undoubtedly the Renaissance-style Puebla Cathedral overlooking Puebla's central square. Another key attraction is Museo Amparo housing a rich collection of pre-Hispanic art. To see these and other notable sights of Puebla, follow this orientation walk.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Mexico » Puebla (See other walking tours in Puebla)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 16
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 Km or 2.8 Miles
Author: HelenF
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La Catedral de Puebla

1) La Catedral de Puebla (must see)

The most majestic view in the entire city of Puebla can be contemplated on the site of La Catedral. One will be amazed to find out that this religious venue’s construction, which began in 1575, took almost 300 years. In 1649 it was consecrated although the cathedral was not finished since certain parts of it, like the roof, were still missing. Years passed, and little by little, towers and beautiful artistic works were added. The presence of Cristóbal de Villalpando’s style is especially felt in these works; he participated in the decoration of the main altar and the cupola. A most exciting site is the crypt that lies under the Cathedral, where you will see statues of saints and angels.
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Fuente de San Miguel

2) Fuente de San Miguel

Fuente de San Miguel is a harmonious and beautiful landmark of Puebla. It was built by Don Juan Antonio de Santa Maria de Ichaúegui and by the masters of stone carving Anselmo Martínez and José Francisco Rabanillo. Dedicated to one of the patrons of the city, the Archangel Miguel, the spring was blessed on June 23, 1777. It is a wonderful fountain which comprises a bowl adorned at the base with life-sized angels; at the top of the centered column the statue of San Miguel is gracefully displayed.
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Biblioteca Palafoxiana

3) Biblioteca Palafoxiana (must see)

The Biblioteca Palafoxiana, founded in 1646, was the first public library in colonial Mexico, and is sometimes considered the first in the Americas. It has more than 41,000 books and manuscripts, ranging from the 15th to the 20th century.

The Biblioteca Palafoxiana owes its name and foundation to Juan de Palafox y Mendoza, bishop of Puebla. On 5 September 1646, Palafox y Mendoza donated 5,000 of his own items to the Colegio de San Juan - which was founded by him - on the condition that they be made available to the general public.

More than a century later, Francisco Fabián y Fuero ordered the construction of the premises which currently house the Biblioteca Palafoxiana. He donated his own collection, and the collections of the bishops Manuel Fernández de Santa Cruz and Francisco Pablo Vázquez and the dean of the Francisco Irigoyen Cathedral were gradually added, as were volumes from Pueblan religious schools and individuals. Books confiscated from Jesuits upon their expulsion in 1767 were also added.

The library was finished in 1773, consisting of a 43-meter-long vaulted hall on the Colegio's second floor. Two levels of bookshelves were built, and a retablo of the Madonna of Trapani by Nino Pisano was acquired. By the mid-19th century, the size of the collection necessitated a third level of bookshelves.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Amparo Museum

4) Amparo Museum (must see)

The Amparo Museum, or Museo Amparo, is one of the most important historical museums in Mexico. It was inaugurated in 1991 and sponsored by the Amparo Foundation, which was founded in 1979 by Manuel Espinoza Yglesias in honor of his wife.

The museum is housed in two colonial-era buildings that date from the 17th and 18th centuries, which were popularly known as the Hospitalario. One of the buildings was the Hospital de Nuestra Señora y San Juan de Letrán founded in 1534. The other building is from the 18th century with a brick facade. It was part of the hospital for a time, then was converted into a “refuge” for married women.

The museum’s permanent collection traces Mexico’s development over its history. It has one of the most important collections of pre-Hispanic, colonial and modern art in Mexico, with dates of pieces ranging from 2,500 BCE to the present day, covering the pre-Classic period to the Spanish Conquest. The collection contains jars, figures, steles, altars, sculptures and utensils, from the Teotihuacan, Zapotec, Huasteca, Totonac, Maya, Olmec, Chichimeca, Mixtec and Aztec civilizations. The Colonial Area is concentrated what was the home of the Espinoza Family, occupying eleven halls. These halls have been decorated to imitate how homes looked like during the various centuries of the colonial period. These rooms are filled with furniture, wood and ivory sculptures, silver items, Talavera pottery and well as oil paintings.

Opening hours: Monday- Friday, Sunday 10:00 am- 6:00 pm; Saturday 10:00 am- 9:00 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Casa del Dean

5) Casa del Dean

There are many astonishing architectural monuments in the city of Puebla worth seeing. One of these is the representative of civil architecture – Casa del Dean; the building once belonged to the city’s Dean, an important figure in the religious life of Puebla. Today, the building still has its original rooms, where one can observe the pictures tastefully painted on the walls. There are two rooms to be explored within the house, namely “The ride of Sibyls” and the chamber “Of the Triumphs”.
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Convento de la Concepción

6) Convento de la Concepción

Dedicated in 1617, the Convento de la Concepción was founded by nuns who were part of the order with the same name – Immaculate Conception. The grounds of the convent feature three courtyards, the first of which is surrounded on four sides by Tuscan style arches. Here, one will notice the carvings in stone and traces of old exterior paints. The second courtyard is extremely valued for its stunning colonial architecture. At the end of the third one there is a stairway which leads to the terrace. Convento de la Concepción was particularly known for the fact that maidens who entered the monastery were from the city’s prominent families. With time it was converted into dwellings and later in 1996, it was used by a hotel chain.
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Convento de Santa Inés

7) Convento de Santa Inés

Founded in 1620, Convento de Santa Inés was initially built as a home for nuns of the second order of Santo Domingo. The convent is a beautiful construction designed in a predominant Colonial style; its architecture dates back to the year 1663. The religious venue’s splendor is enriched with canvas paintings by Antonio Reyes as well as sculptures. The entrance is arched with a niche containing the sculpture of Saint Agnes.
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Convento de San Agustín

8) Convento de San Agustín

The first convent built for the Augustinian order was put to use in 1546. The construction of the second one, the one we see today, was finished in 1629. The convent was used for different purposes; it was once used as a fortress, given its height and location. The temple boasts a majestic structure adorned with niches and sculptures of Santa Monica and other notable saints of the order. Convento de San Agustín is second in dimension after the Cathedral in Puebla. Its interior will also amaze you with its beautiful sculptures, among which the one of San Nicholas Tolentino.
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Convento de Santo Domingo

9) Convento de Santo Domingo (must see)

Convento de Santo Domingo, like many other religious venues in Puebla, was founded by the Dominican Order. It is a wonderful architectural monument featuring a pure Classic-styled main portal of gray cantera stone. The interior is highlighted by its wonderful ceiling that consists of two grand vaults, and the altarpieces are of incomprehensible beauty presenting elements of various styles, such as Baroque, Salmonic and Churrigueresque. The Convento de Santo Domingo is home to the Chapel del Rosario.
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Iglesia de San Cristóbal

10) Iglesia de San Cristóbal

An incredibly beautiful church stands in the very heart of the city of Puebla, namely Iglesia de San Cristóbal. Notable for its stunning gray stone quarry Baroque façade, the church is a priceless jewel in the city’s architectural treasure vault. The church was founded in 1604; later a wonderful structure was constructed by architect Carlos Garcia Durango. The interior of this place of worship is richly decorated with sculptures, 18th century paintings, plasterwork and other elements of religious value.
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Convento de San Francisco

11) Convento de San Francisco

The first of the convents to appear in the city of Puebla was the Convento de San Francisco. Its construction was finished in 1555 (it began in 1535). Its creator, Spanish architect José Buitrago, embellished the building with a Baroque style façade combined with splendid red brick and painted Talavera tiles. The interior is highlighted by the Neo-classical style altar, which was skillfully designed by famous architect Don José Manzo Jaramillo. Convento de San Francisco is indeed a must-see when in Peubla.
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Barrio del Artistas

12) Barrio del Artistas (must see)

Barrio del Artistas is a formidable place for one who is seeking unique items for a particular collection, or an antique object as a gift for someone special. The atmosphere here is a luring one, generated by the wonderful façades of rich color, balconies and doors “whispering” to you about the past of Puebla and also by the artists’ ardor for creation, that is, the artists who paint here in the barrio. Thus, one would say that the Barrio del Artistas is a mine of creation, from which you can take home a little piece of beauty.
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Museo "Casa del Alfeñique"

13) Museo "Casa del Alfeñique" (must see)

Museo "Casa del Alfeñique" is housed within a building, famous in the city for its “delicious” façade. Why “delicious”? Because the white mortar, with which the house is adorned, bears great similarities to the typical candy of Puebla, known to all as “Alfeñique”. Since 1926, it hosts exhibitions within 16 halls; the items on display represent different times between the 16th and 19th centuries such as maps, carriages, indigenous manuscripts, … The house itself is a historical monument; built in 1790, its original owner was a painter – Francisco Morales.
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Mercado de Artesanias "El Parián"

14) Mercado de Artesanias "El Parián" (must see)

The city of Puebla is no ordinary city - it has incredible artistic creations, which represent the city’s distinctive craft, in an outstanding venue where you can see and acquire them. Established in 1796, the market is like a living tradition of Puebla. Here you can buy fantastic Talavera pottery, textiles, leather, jewelry, wax dolls and many other wonderful objects that would make for amazing memorabilia or souvenirs.
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Templo de la Compañia de Jesús

15) Templo de la Compañia de Jesús

Templo de la Compañia de Jesús is a result of the hard work of the Jesuits who arrived in Puebla in the 16th century. Completed in 1767, the church is one of the most beautiful Baroque style constructions in the city. Its imposing façade is a combination of two parts, made of gray quarry and plasterwork. The inside of the church provides visitors with a breathtaking view - the array of 17th century paintings are a splendid delight to look at. There is also a beautiful basilica and the central nave which is covered with a vault of lunettes. The most highlighted element of the interior is the statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
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Callejón de los Sapos

16) Callejón de los Sapos (must see)

Callejón de los Sapos, also known as “the Alley of the Frogs”, is the perfect area for gift shopping. You will find nice little antique shops that will amaze you with the precious items that are on display for sale. You can come and check out the merchandise daily; here, at the alley, stores are usually open from 10am till 2pm and for another 2 hours as of 4pm. At the end of the alley, every Saturday and Sunday you will be pleased to find a wonderful street market, which is organized within the Plazuela de los Sapos.

Walking Tours in Puebla, Mexico

Create Your Own Walk in Puebla

Create Your Own Walk in Puebla

Creating your own self-guided walk in Puebla is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Interesting Shopping Spots in Puebla

Interesting Shopping Spots in Puebla

In the city of Puebla there is something for everyone, from exquisite handmade elements, talaveras and embroidery to delicious Mexican sweets and tasty cemitas. Take the following tour to find out more about the cultural values reflected in the creativity of the Pueblan people and to gather all the treasures of the city in your backpack.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles
Sightseeing Tour in Puebla

Sightseeing Tour in Puebla

The subtropical city of Puebla has much to offer to those who are fascinated by the history and life of this Mexican city. Take the following walking tour and visit the first public library in the Americas, fascinating Renaissance and Baroque architectural monuments, statues and other jewels of Puebla.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 Km or 2.8 Miles
Museums in Puebla, Part II

Museums in Puebla, Part II

Let us continue our journey throughout the wonderful city of Puebla, where for many centuries art has found a ‘cozy’ home for its creations. Take the following walking tour to discover the fascinating exhibits displayed within the museums of the city. These will help you better understand the local culture and thrilling history.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 Km or 3.2 Miles
Museums in Puebla, Part I

Museums in Puebla, Part I

The city of Puebla, named a World Heritage Site in 1987, is indeed worth the title and proudly lives up to it with its mesmerizing beauty engraved within its walls, houses and museums. If you really want to discover Puebla, begin with the following museum walking tour; you will definitely find the city’s history quite elaborate and fascinating.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 Km or 2.5 Miles