Last bit of Puebla area pictures


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This was on the main freeway between Tlaxcala and Mexico City. I just had to pull over and get the camera.

The bus had tried a u-turn and somehow got stuck. Everyone got off the bus and pushed! You don't see that every day.

A church between Puebla and Cholula. The guy that looks like he got slapped by a phone book is Sven, from Germany. He's actually pretty bright.

Same church, there was a funeral going on when my class was visiting.

A ceiling in one of the many churches in Cholula.

Best guess of what the Pyramid of Cholula would look like if excavated. It was built between the 2nd century BC and 16th century AD.

The pyramid cannot be excavated because the church, finished in 1594, is historically significant. It's the largest pyramid or monument in the world.

This colorful grain is grown allover the area. It's similar to rice but has more protein. I forget the name. Anyone? Jacob was grown in Germany.

Within Cacaxtla, The Palace of the ruling class. Cacaxtla thrived between 600-950 AD. It's in the State of Tlaxcala, about an hour NW of Puebla.

It's known for the many well preserved colorful paintings depicting battles, serpents, and astrological symbols.

They built new structures over old ones, just like the pyramid in Cholula, which helped preserve these colors.

Pyramid of Flowers at Xochitecatl, 2 km west of Cacaxtla and much older. Ruins in this area were built between 1000 and 200 BC.

Standing on the Pyramid of Flowers looking at Cacaxtla.

Name tag for the two following pictures.

A different source said these were filled with water to get reflections of the stars at night.

They are in front of the Pyramid of Flowers.

Nametag for the following structure.

They said it is the only pyramid in the world that is built with a spiral design.

The zocolo in Atlixco, 40 minutes south of Puebla, was designed by the Lebanese folks who came here years ago.

Church of the 3rd order of San Francisco.

When the locals built this for Spain they included this depiction of Quetzalcoatl in the facade. Most old churches have symbols like this.

Cathederal in Tochimilco. The exposure time for this picture was about 15 seconds.

Inside the Cathederal of Puebla. The cathederal was finished in 1649 but they started 100 years before. Financial issues caused delays.

The bell towers are 226 feet, the tallest in Mexico, and were closed to visitors after a girl jumped from the top several years ago.

Cathederal at night from the roof of my hotel. FYI - There's a lock on the door to the roof but it's not really locked, just push (Hotel Gilfor).

These Angels surround the cathederal. They are symbolic of Puebla, AKA "La Puebla de los Angeles".

The back of the Cathederal is less dramatic.

The name of the church in the two following pictures and another example of Volkswagen being "everywhere" in Puebla.

The altar area of all these churches are very distinct.

Also from the roof of my hotel. Don't tell them about it or they'll lock it for real!

Name of the following 2 pictures.

Church facade, Puebla style.

The ghosts really seemed to like hanging out below this picture.

Puebla started the blue man group but their version wasn't very animated.