12 Feb Cholula: one of the most ancient cities of America
Located in the state of Puebla, Cholula is a precious Mexican city over 2 hours away from the country’s capital, Mexico City. In addition to being one of the most ancient cities in the American continent, founded around the 2nd century BC, in Cholula you’ll find the largest pyramid in the world: the Tepanapa Pyramid.
Uninterruptedly inhabited by many civilizations since its foundation, Cholula was once the second largest urban center in Mexico and is today one of Mexico’s cultural treasures. The city was considered a sacred territory, where the pyramid – twice the volume of the Great Pyramid of Giza’s in Egypt – served as a religious and ritualistic environment. Amazingly, the 2300-year-old pyramid was only discovered in 1910, as it is kind of hidden and camouflaged by vegetation that has grown in its structures.
During the colonization, the Church of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios was built on the Tepanapa pyramid, another ummissable spot to visit in Cholula. The 54 meters high to reach the Church is worthwhile, due to the beautiful yellow sanctuary you’ll be able to admire once you reach the top. But, more than this, as you go up through the way to the church, you can also enjoy the spectacular view of the city and the Popocatépetl volcano, a still active volcano that gives the view an unparalleled touch.
“Cholula” is actually two cities: San Pedro Cholula and San Andrés Cholula. However, both municipalities are divided by only one street and are often referred to as “Pueblo Mágico de Cholula” – Magic People of Cholula. The city is small and colorful and can be easilly checked in one day. Downtwon Cholula, called Zócalo, is the Plaza de la Concordia, the Frasciscano Convent of San Gabriel Arcángel, Los Portales, the Parish of San Pedro de Cholula, the Capilla Real, the Capilla de la Tercera Orden, the Temple of San Gabriel and so many other great spots of this small, but fantastic city.
Tourists often visit the two cities, Puebla de Zaragosa and Pueblo Magico de Cholula, seeking to make the most of the time taken to reach the region. So if you have the opportunity to go to Mexico, visit these two cities and don’t miss the magical charm that the city and people of Cholula have to offer!
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