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City of Tlaxcala

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The Tlaxcalan capital has many attractions, one of them is its historic center full of syncretic architecture. Another is the Cathedral, which is counted among the first religious monuments of America; the Palace of Culture, with a valuable collection of famous works by Mexican artists and the Living Museum of Arts and Traditions, which reveals the first alliances between Indians and Spaniards.

¿Qué Visitar?

What to Visit?

  • Constitution Square It marks the spot where this city was founded in the sixteenth century. Its current name was officially adopted in 1813.
  • Xicohtencatl Theater A beautiful vestige from the Porfirian era (1880-1910) that has been restored several times since 1923 to conserve its original splendor.
  • Casa de Piedra (The Stone House)
  • Government Palace Built in the sixteenth century, this building houses currently the principal offices of the state government.
  • Saint Joseph Parish Built in the seventeenth century, this temple treasures a beautiful painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which has been shown in many art exhibitions around the world.
  • Basilica of Our Lady of Ocotlan
¿Qué hacer?

What to do?

  • Carnival It begins the prior Friday of the Lent, and, as in the rest of the world, it consists of parades, traditional dances, crowning of a queen and many other cultural activities.
  • Festivity of Our Lady of Ocotlan It takes place in May to celebrate the patroness of the city. There are amusement rides, fireworks, traditional dances and music, and public verbenas every night.
  • Todos Santos Fair Celebrated in late October and early November, it consists of handicraft exhibitions, traditional dances and music, sport and cultural activities, as well as religious processions and masses.
Comida Típica

Typical Food

  • Chayote Croquettes
  • Beef donuts
  • Tlaxcalteca soup This is a kind of tortilla soup.
  • Mushrooms Al Pastor style They are served with a special sauce made with three different kind of chili, pineapple and orange juices.
¿Qué Saber?

What to Know?

  • During the pre-Hispanic era, there were not settlements in the area where Tlaxcala City is located now.
  • In 1537, the village was founded with the open chapels of the Monastery of Saint Francis.
  • In 1900, the town got electric power fort the first time.
  • On September 16th, 1918, the Constitution of the Free and Sovereign State of Tlaxcala was promulgated by the local Congress.
  • Renowned Individuals
  • Próspero Cahuantzi (1834 – 1915)
  • Military strategist and politician who was also Governor of Tlaxcala from 1885 to 1911.

Popular Craft

  • Silver-smithing
  • Pottery
  • Embroideries
  • Carved wood
  • Basketmaking
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