Puebla is probably the most charismatic colonial city in Mexico. Nowhere in Mexico will you find the Spanish influence so prevalent. From the moment you reach the city, you will see domes and buildings that suggest the Spanish and Moorish influence, established in the city centuries ago, but still present today. Puebla is renowned for one of the most notable battles in Mexico, which took place on May 5, 1862, against the French. 6,000 well-armed French soldiers sent by Napoleon III to Mexico City were defeated by 2,000 poorly armed Mexicans. Today, “Cinco de Mayo” is an important holiday celebrating the victory at Puebla.
Puebla is a very religious city and has over 70 churches, as well as a magnificent cathedral – one of the oldest in the country. Its construction begun in 1535 and took over 200 years to complete. It is built in Renaissance and Baroque styles, but on the façade it is also visible some transition to the Neoclassical style. The cathedral has two very tall towers (over 200 feet). The facade is decorated with statues of saints and there are also reliefs of the Spanish kings.
Other outstanding architectural features of Puebla include the historic buildings from the city center, also designed in Renaissance and Baroque styles – the Temple of the Holy Spirit, Bubas Bridge etc..
The predominant historic styles are slowly taken over by contemporary and modern Denver concrete constructions, such as The International Museum of the Baroque.