Known for its flavorful food, the architecture of Puebla’s historic center also has a wide variety of flavors.
The city was founded in 1531 by the invading Spanish, on a site that had not been settled previously. Because the urban engineers and planners were not bound by an existing street or trail infrastructure; they were free to define the city on a grid pattern around the typical rectangular central plaza.
Surrounding this plaza, or “zocalo,” the Spaniards built up their new city over the subsequent centuries. The style and character of the colonial period is evident even now in the architecture of the historic center, mixed in with later styles that were, in their times, the latest trends.
All that variety of original architectural style is matched by all the variety of existing states of decay, adding to the satisfying palate/palette of flavorful downtown Puebla.
Here’s a selection of some of my favorite images from downtown Puebla.