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Historic Centre of Puebla
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 1531
Date of Inscription: 1987
Location: North America, Mexico, Etat de Puebla, municipalites de Puebla
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Description: Puebla, which is located about 100 km east of Mexico City, at the foot of the Popocatepetl volcano was built from scratch in 1531. It has managed to preserve its grand religious buildings like the 16th–17th-century cathedral as well as fine structures such as the old archbishop's palace, as well as a multitude of tile covered houses (azulejos). The fusion of European and American styles brought about innovative visual conceptions that were adopted locally and seem atypical among the Baroque district of Puebla. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  The city of Puebla – officially the Heróica Puebla de Zaragoza (heroic Puebla of Zaragoza), and nicknamed Puebla de los Ángeles or La Angelópolis – is the capital and largest city of the state of the same name with a population of 1,399,519 (the municipality, 1,485,941). The metropolitan area of the city, however, extends over 10 municipalities of the state of Puebla and 13 of the state of Tlaxcala, and with a population of 2,109,049 it is fourth most populous metropolitan area in Mexico and one of the largest in North America. Puebla is an important industrial, cultural and educational center of Mexico for the central and south-east regions. It is also one of the oldest colonial cities in the continent. Puebla is located in the Valley of Puebla, surrounded by volcanoes and snow-capped mountains, slightly over 110 kilometres southeast of Mexico City. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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