Puebla attractions

Top Choice Museum in Puebla

Museo Amparo

This superb private museum, housed in two linked 16th- and 17th-century colonial buildings, is loaded with pre-Hispanic artifacts, yet the interior design is contemporary and stylish. Displayed with explanatory info…
Top Choice Cathedral in Puebla

Catedral de Puebla

Puebla’s impressive cathedral, which appears on Mexico’s M$500 bill, occupies the entire block south of the zócalo. Its architecture is a blend of severe Herreresque-Renaissance and early baroque styles. Constructio…
Church in Puebla

Iglesia de la Compañía

This Jesuit church with a 1767 Churrigueresque facade is also called Espíritu Santo. Beneath the altar is a tomb said to be that of a 17th-century Asian princess who was sold into slavery in Mexico and later freed.
Museum in Puebla

Museo Casa del Alfeñique

This renovated colonial house is an outstanding example of the over-the-top 18th-century decorative style alfeñique, characterized by elaborate stucco ornamentation and named after a candy made from sugar and egg wh…
Notable Building in Puebla

Casa de la Cultura

Occupying the entire block facing the south side of the cathedral, the former bishop’s palace is a classic 17th-century brick-and-tile edifice that now houses government offices, the Casa de la Cultura and the State…
Library in Puebla

Biblioteca Palafoxiana

Situated above the Casa de la Cultura and founded in 1646, Biblioteca Palafoxiana was the first public library in the Americas. For this, Palafoxiana has been listed on the Unesco Memory of the World register. The h…
Church in Puebla

Templo de Santo Domingo

This fine Dominican church features a stunning Capilla del Rosario (Rosary Chapel), south of the main altar, which is the main reason to come here. Built between 1650 and 1690, it’s heavy on gilded plaster and carve…
Museum in Puebla

Museo del Ferrocarril

This excellent railway museum with activities for kids is housed in Puebla’s former train station and the spacious grounds surrounding it. There are ancient steam-powered monsters through to relatively recent passen…
Plaza in Puebla

Zócalo

Puebla’s central plaza was originally a marketplace where bullfights, theater and hangings occurred, before assuming its current arboretum-like appearance in 1854. The surrounding arcades date from the 16th century.…
Museum in Puebla

Museo San Pedro de Arte

Opened in 1999 as Museo Poblano de Arte Virreinal, this top-notch museum is now named after the 16th-century Hospital de San Pedro in which it is housed. Galleries display excellent contemporary art and a fascinatin…