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[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] Historic Centre of Puebla, the core of a wonderfully preserved Spanish colonial city in Mexico, is today a World Heritage Site. It stands as one of the five top colonial cities in the country and is celebrated for its wealth of colonial architecture and historic monuments. It is also today a modern city - the fourth largest in Mexico - that functions as the capital of the state of the same name.

Puebla was built from scratch as a planned city in 1531. It is located to the east of Mexico City, in a place called Cuetlaxcoapan (which means "where serpents change their skin"), at the foot of the mighty Popocatepetl volcano, one of the highest in Mexico.


Templo de San Francisco in the Historic Centre of Puebla, Mexico
Templo de San Francisco in the Historic Centre of Puebla, Mexico
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Along with the adjacent city of Cholula, Puebla has a remarkably well-preserved historic centre, with a host of historic monuments such as the Cathedral of Santo Domingo and the Jesuit Church, along with many houses from the colonial period. The city is famous for its colorful tiles and Talavera pottery, which enchance the cultural landscape.

Included in the inscription is neighboring Cholula, also founded by the Spanish, on the ruins of pre-Columbian temples which were destroyed in 1519. The tradition of building on top of ancient non-Christian ruins extended from the construction of the Church of San Gabriél in 1549, right down the centuries to the construction of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, on a pre-Columbian acropolis-pyramid, in the 18th century.


Catedral de Puebla at night
Catedral de Puebla at night
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Historic Centre of Puebla was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 11th session of the World Heritage Committee in Paris, France, 7 - 11 December, 1987.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N19 2 49.992 W98 12 29.988 in the municipalities of Puebla, San Pedro Cholula and San Andres Cholula, in the state of Puebla, Mexico.
Inscription Year: 1987
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: II, IV
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