Few places in the world have such a rich cultural and historical heritage like the beautiful state of Puebla. This region can be found in the center of Mexico and is less than three hours away from the country’s capital city.
Founded on April 16th, 1531 as Puebla of Angels [“Puebla de Ángeles”] and built according to the plans of bishop Julián Garcés, it is strategically placed between Mexico City and the port of Veracruz.
Puebla is famous for its colonial beauty. Its capital stands out due to the elaboration of baroque art. Enticing portals and a stunning cathedral frame its main square, which has become a state trademark.
Besides, the state has been recognized for its surrounding natural sights, such as the mythical volcanoes Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl. Furthermore, it also hosts some prehispanic treasures, like in the town of Cholula, where the biggest pyramid of Mexico’s mid-region is found.
Regarding its gastronomic features, Puebla stands out for its ingredients and creations, like the chiles poblanos, mole or cemitas, only to mention a few examples. Here, gastronomy, more than traditional, has been strongly influenced by the arrival of Lebanese and Italian migrations. Due to the former, the concept of taco al pastor was created, and because of the latter, this region has been acknowledged for its rich dairy products.
Historically, this beautiful state was the landscape behind the mythical Battle of Puebla against the French army of Napoleon III, where the Mexican army, led by General Ignacio Zaragoza, accomplished a paramount siege against the Gallic invasion. This is celebrated year by year at the 5 de Mayo festivities. Hence, the city has been recognized as the Heroic Puebla of Zaragoza.
Puebla was also the setting of the combat held on November 18th, 1910, a clash between federal troops and the Serdán brothers who sympathized with Franciso I. Madero, thus plotting against Porfirio Díaz’s regime. The death of the Serdán brothers was registered in the dawn of the Mexican Revolution.
As you can see, Puebla is a land full of color and flavor, of history and culture. Join us this month as we guide you to the best restaurants, some magical towns and the cultural and gastronomic heritage of this beautiful state.