Parroquia de San José

East of Mexico City

Off the northwest corner of the zócalo is the orange-stucco and blue-tile Parroquia de San José, ringed with fountains. As elsewhere in the centro histórico, bilingual signs explain the significance of the church – most famously to house El Santo Niño Milagroso de Tlaxcala, a baby-Jesus doll crafted in 1914 that miraculously moved, as if alive, visited by believers seeking miracles.

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1. Palacio de Justicia

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The 16th-century building on the plaza's northwest side is the Palacio de Justicia, the former Capilla Real de Indios, built for the use of indigenous…

2. Palacio Municipal

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The 16th-century Palacio Municipal, a former grain storehouse, occupies the north side of the zócalo.

3. Museo de Arte de Tlaxcala

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This fantastic small contemporary-art museum houses an excellent cache of early Frida Kahlo paintings that were returned to the museum after several years…

4. Palacio de Gobierno


Inside the Palacio de Gobierno there are color-rich murals of Tlaxcala's history by Desiderio Hernández Xochitiotzin. His style is vividly realistic and…

5. Zócalo


It’s easy to pass an afternoon reading or just people-watching in Tlaxcala’s shady, spacious zócalo. The 16th-century Palacio Municipal, a former grain…

6. Museo de la Memoria Tlaxcala

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This modern history museum looks at folklore through a multimedia lens and has well-presented exhibits on indigenous government, agriculture and…

7. Casa de Artesanías


The handicrafts at this museum and store are collected from the Tlaxcala and Puebla region and focus on quality. Pieces include clay pottery and hand…