About Puebla

ICOMTA will be held in the city of Puebla (Mexico) between September 6 and 8, 2023. Below, we will provide you with useful information in case your attendance is in person.

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Puebla, also known as Puebla de los Angeles or the Four Times Heroic Puebla de Zaragoza, is strategically located in the center of the country, being the fourth largest city in the country and where you can breathe the deep heritage of art, history, culture and gastronomy, of which its proud inhabitants are heirs, which are present in every corner of the city and the Historic Center, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1987. Considered a fundamental reference in the history of Mexico today is also one of the most important, versatile and exciting tourist, artistic, cultural and academic destinations in Mexico.

Located just 90 minutes from the country’s capital, walled by mountains and volcanoes such as Malinche, Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl, with a perfect climate and optimal connection routes, these are the 10 things you should know about Puebla:

  • It was founded on April 16, 1531, being the first city in America built only for Spaniards, following the idea of ​​a perfect city.
  • The Municipal Archive of the City of Puebla preserves, unlike other cities, unique documents such as its original Royal Certificate, which is the founding document, that is, its birth certificate; in addition to the Royal Provision, where the famous Coat of Arms is awarded. Due to their importance, these and other documents of the Archive are declared as “UNESCO Memory of the World – Latin America and the Caribbean”.
  • The Historic Center of Puebla, declared on December 11, 1987 as «World Heritage» by UNESCO, preserves 2,619 monuments distributed in 391 blocks located in 6.9 square kilometers, which makes it the city with the most monuments in America.
  • Historical events have occurred in the City of Puebla that position it as a determining reference in the history of Mexico, such as the Battle of May 5, 1862, in which the Mexican Army defeated what was considered the strongest Army in the epoch; or the beginning of the Mexican Revolution, on November 18, 1910 with the Serdán Brothers.
  • Talavera Poblana is one of the incomparable Mexican products with denomination of origin; being manufactured, without interruption, for more than four centuries, which makes it one of the most important expressions of Popular Art in Mexico.
  • Poblana Gastronomy is one of the most varied and exquisite in Mexico and the World, being recognized for dishes such as Mole Poblano, Chiles en Nogada, Chalupas, Cemitas, among others.
  • The Biblioteca Palafoxiana is considered to be the only old library on the American continent that is still in operation and conserves its original building, shelving, furniture and collection. For these reasons, UNESCO awarded it the recognition of «Memory of the World» in June 2005.
  • The Cathedral of Puebla is considered one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world, due to its architecture and the pictorial, sculptural, musical and documentary heritage it houses, in addition to having the tallest towers of the continent’s cathedrals.
  • When you visit Africam Safari you will be living the experience of exploring the most important safari in Latin America, with animals in freedom that will make you have an unforgettable visit with emotions that will inspire you to love and respect our planet.
  • The Chapel of the Rosary is the greatest jewel of the seventeenth-century baroque in Puebla and Mexico, so since its opening on April 16, 1690, it has been seen as unique in its kind for its symbolism and the quality of its decoration. , mostly covered with gold foil.