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Cholula

LONGEST ALIVE CITY OF AMERICA

The foundation of Cholula occurred in the year 500 before our era, and according to studies, it has been populated in an uninterrupted way since its origin, being then the oldest in the continent that has this particularity.

Here stands the pyramid with the largest base in the world, Tlachihualtepetl; with almost 400 meters per side, and that you can observe in the Archaeological Zone of Cholula. On it is the Shrine of Our Lady of the Remedies, Spanish construction of the late sixteenth century.

In addition, from the temple you can get a panoramic view of the three nearby volcanoes, including Popocatepetl; The largest active volcano in the world.

In front of the Municipal Palace, in the western part of the town, you will find Los Portales, a 170-meter passage adorned by 46 arches overhanging columns, the largest of its kind in Latin America. Take a walk around here and enjoy its many restaurants, have a coffee or simply admire its architectural beauty.

Of course, the gastronomy of Puebla is the protagonist in a place like Cholula. Moles, pipianes, pambazos, quesadillas, chiles en nogada, tamales, tlacoyos ... The list of delights and snacks is practically endless, making full honor of the phrase "full belly, happy heart".

It is said that there are as many temples in this Magic Town as there are days in the year, all with their particular environment and details of construction. We can highlight the Royal Chapel of Cholula, the Parish of San Pedro Cholula, the Convent of San Gabriel and the churches of Santa María Tonantzintla and San Francisco Acatepec.

If you are looking for crafts, good news !, because here you can even witness how an authentic Talavera from Puebla is made and acquire memories of red clay pottery, trees of life and beautiful crockery, all of the highest quality.

The offer is not limited to historical attractions, there is also the Barrio de los Contenedores, a project by Mexican designer Gabriel Esper Caram. A space of gigantic recycled boxes, adapted for restaurants, galleries, tea houses and cafes, besides being painted with vibrant colors.

Cholula has witnessed countless years in the history of our country and humanity itself, has adapted to the times and is now full of life, with attractions that will make you completely forget about stress and routine.

¿Qué Visitar?

What to Visit?

  • Great Pyramid of Cholula It features the largest base for a pyramid in the whole world (400 meters by side), and right on the top you can visit the Sanctuary of Our lady of Remedies.
  • Royal Chapel of Cholula Symbolically built above the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, who was the main god in Mesoamerica before the arrival of the conquistadors in 1519.
  • La Barrica Museum In its interiors you can learn everything about the cider making process.
  • Saint Gabriel Monastery Built in 1549, this is one of the oldest convents of this Magic Town.
  • Container City An interesting mall formed with old and unusable containers.
¿Qué hacer?

What to do?

  • Throughout the whole year, each neighborhood celebrates its own patron; however, on September 1st – 8th, the Festivity of Our Lady of Remedies takes place, which is the most important celebration in Cholula. There are ritual dances, traditional music, offerings, exchange of goods, and also the so called Quema de Panzones –human alike figures made of cardboard that are burned up in a kind of popular revenge against corrupted politicians and other hated personalities.
Comida Típica

Typical Food

  • Cholula soup Its main ingredients are leek, bacon and chicken meat.
  • Cecina con rajas This dish consists on jerky beef and roasted shreds of spicy green pepper, locally named chile poblano (Puebla chili.)
  • Elephant Ears Large corn tortillas stuffed with beans, spicy sauce, cheese and onion.
¿Qué Saber?

What to Know?

  • The original settlement was founded in 600 bC.
  • On October 27th, 1535, the king Felipe II of Spain granted Cholula the title of town.
  • In 1519, the conquistadors under the command of Hernan Cortes suspected that the locals were about to ambush them, and so they perpetrated the infamous “massacre of Cholula,” where more than six thousand people were killed.

Popular Craft

  • Talavera, a beautiful artisanal tile
  • Pottery and ceramics made with red clay
  • Fireworks
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