Where is Puebla in relation to Mexico City?
Puebla de los Ángeles or Heroica Puebla de Zaragoza or simply Puebla, is the capital of the state of the same name. The proud city is one of the largest settlement areas in Mexico, along with Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey. It is located on a plateau at about 2200 m, framed by mighty volcanoes, only about 130 km east of Mexico City.
The foundation by the Spaniards dates back to the year 1531. An angel had allegedly shown the bishop the place for the founding of the city. Hence the appropriate name Puebla de los Ángeles, the city of angels. The Spaniards needed a base to control the important trade route between the port city of Veracruz and Mexico City. Puebla was the first town in Mexico to be laid out like a checkerboard by the Spaniards. By the end of the 17th century, the city already had 60 churches and 20 monasteries, thus underlining its Catholic faith.
The “City of Angels” is made attractive mainly by its unique architectural style, the so-called “Poblano style”. Numerous churches and many houses shine in the impressive style, which is made so special by azulejos and talaveras (brightly painted tiles), decorations and paintings.
Some inhabitants of the rural areas of Puebla still speak Náhuatl, the language of the indigenous people of the region.
Puebla played an important role in the history of Mexico: on May 5, 1862, the French were defeated here, which is why a big festival is celebrated in Puebla every year on this day. Among other things, the first revolutionary struggles took place in Puebla in 1910.
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