Sightseeing in Downtown Puebla

The Zocalo or City Center of downtown Puebla has a lot to offer.  For starters this colonial city is colorful and feels almost European at times.

 Side street off the Zocalo in Puebla, Mexico
 One of the main Streets around the Puebla Zocalo

In the Zocalo is a very beautiful colonial Roman Catholic Church named Puebla Cathedral.  Construction began on this church in 1575 and the church was finally dedicated in 1649.  It is extremely well preserved and the pictures do not do it justice.

 Outside the  colonial Roman Catholic Church named Puebla Cathedral
  Inside THE   COLONIAL ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH NAMED PUEBLA CATHEDRAL
  INSIDE THE   COLONIAL ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH NAMED PUEBLA CATHEDRAL

Here's a few random pics of the fam around the city.

 The girls in the Puebla Zocalo
 Tag, checking things out in Puebla
 The girls in a street in Puebla

It took us a few tries but we finally found the Biblioteca Palafoxiana.  Founded in 1646, it was the first public library in colonial Mexico, and is considered by some to be the first library in the Americas. It has more than 41,000 books and manuscripts but they are not available for checkout.  Many of them are handwritten.

It's a beautiful three story library.  Mick, Elle and I enjoyed it but after hoofing it all day on foot Tag was bored and fortunately for us was looking to entertain himself quietly.

 The family at Biblioteca Palafoxiana
 Woodwork at BIBLIOTECA PALAFOXIANA

Puebla is a great city.  The people are friendly, the traffic is much better than Mexico City and the prices are a lot cheaper too, and there is tons for a family to do here.

Random note, you can also get you knives sharpened by this guy on 1st Avenue.

 Puebla Knife Sharpner

Next up Oaxaca...