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city and municipality of Puebla is the capital of the state of Puebla,
and one of the five most important colonial cities inMexico. It
is located to the east of Mexico
City and west of the port of Veracruz,
on the main route between the two. The city was founded in 1531 in an area
called Cuetlaxcoapan which means “where serpents change their skin.” This
valley was not populated in the 16th century as in the pre-Hispanic period, this
area was primarily used to the “Flower Wars” between a number of
it its history and architectural styles ranging from Renaissance to
the city was named aWorld
Heritage Site in 1987. The
city is also famous for mole
en nogada and Talavera
pottery. However, most of its economy is based on industry.
John and I took a taxi from our campground in Cholula. Cost
He dropped us off in Centro Historico
Templo del Espiritu Santo
I had Chalupas, very good
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a tostada platter
cuisine. It is a specialty of south-central Mexico, such as the states of Puebla, Guerrero and Oaxaca.
It is made by pressing a thin layer of masa dough
around the outside of a small mold and deep frying to produce a crisp shallow
corn cup. It is filled with various ingredients such as shredded chicken, pork,
chopped onion, chipotle pepper,
red salsa, and green salsa.
very similar item is the sope,
though this is usually smaller and circular, while the chalupa will
usually be longer, resembling the canoe-like
boat that is its namesake. An Americanized form is sold in Taco
Bell restaurants. This
version, filled with ground meat (though steak and chicken versions are
available) and topped with cheese, lettuce, sour cream and salsa, resembles an
American taco inside but is wrapped with deep-fried wheat flatbread.
John had the Mole Poblano
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Spanish, from Nahuatl mulli or molli,
"sauce" or "concoction") is the generic name for several sauces
in Mexican cuisine,
as well as for dishes based on these sauces. Outside of Mexico, it often refers
to a specific sauce which is known in Spanish by the more specific name mole
word is also widely known in the combined form guacamole (avocado
contemporary Mexico, the term is used for a number of sauces, some quite
dissimilar to one another, including black, red, yellow, colorado, green,
almendrado, and pipián.
be best defined as a very thick, homogeneous sauce with complex flavors. This
distinguishes it from most Mexican salsas which
have a thinner consistency, often raw, and contain fewer ingredients (usually
nothing more than tomato, onion, garlic and chili pepper) in still-identifiable
most common way to consume mole is
over chicken, though any kind of meat may be served with mole sauce.
Another preparation, more common in restaurants, is enchiladas (corn
tortillas wrapped around chicken, cheese or some other simple filling) baked in
of the labor-intensive nature of mole,
when prepared at home it is most often made in large batches on special
occasions, such as religious holidays, birthdays or weddings.
most popular kinds come from the Mexican states of Puebla and Oaxaca,
and there is an annual national competition in the town of San
Pedro Atocpan in the Milpa
Alta borough of Mexico's Federal
District, on the southern outskirts of Mexico
has been nicknamed the "Land of the Seven Moles."
Guatemala, "mole" refers to a dessert composed of fried or boiled
chunks of plantain in a chocolate/spice sauce, sprinkled with sesame seeds.
This gentlemen stopped us and asked if John would like his
shoes shined. It cost $5 and I have never seen Johns running shoes look better.
The outside of this building is quite interesting as it has a
lot of tile on its exterior
Cathedral of Puebla
located on 16 de Septiembre and 5 Oriente, took 300 years to complete, in part
due to interruptions in its construction. The Cathedral was begun in 1575 under
orders of Philip II of Spain by architects Francisco Becerra and Juan de
Cigorondo. The building was consecrated in 1649 even though only half of the
walls and much of the roof were missing and the towers not yet built. The north
tower was added in 1678 and the south tower in 1768.The shape of the cathedral
is a Latin cross and contains five naves.
The main altar is octagonal, with four others oriented to the cardinal
complex consists of fourteen chapels in various styles with numerous artistic
works such as the main cupola and the main altar, both decorated by Cristóbal
de Villalpando. The facade is classified as late Baroque in transition to Neoclassical,
with Doric and Corinthian columns.
Its bell towers stand at just under 70 meters high, the tallest in Mexico. The
seating in the choir is made of parquetry of
fine woods, onyx and
ivory of Moorishdesign.
The two organs were donated by Charles
the crypt under
the Cathedral, numerous statues of saints and angels made of onyx can be seen.
On to Lake Catemaco, Veracruz