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Visit Tlaxcala, Tlaxcala

The City of Tlaxcala is one of the smallest capitals in one of the smallest states in the country, but it still has a lot to offer. Tlaxcala offers very pleasant surroundings, with impeccable streets, brilliant colonial monuments and a luminous and tranquil atmosphere.

Visitors are impressed by the range of colonial structures in the city. A tour of this colorful city should begin in the main plaza, which is surrounded by 100 year old trees that offer their cozy shade to passersby. A small kiosk and an octagonal fountain are located in the center of the plaza. The fountain was presented at the end of the 17th century by King Felip IV to Tlaxcala in recognition for its part in the conquest of Mexico.

The current Government Palace is the ancient Casa Real erected in 1545. It once served as a residence for Hernán Cortés and various viceroys. Next to the Government Palace are the Municipal Palace and the City Council with its showy post office in perfect harmony with the rest of the adjoining architecture. The San José Parish is located on the other side of the plaza, with it beautiful façade of Talavera bricks and tiles.

Other places of interest are the Tlaxcala Palace of Justice (ancient Indian Chapel), the Secretary of Tourism, the Cultural Palace, the Incarnation Hospital, the Jorge “Ranchero” Aguilar Bullring, the San Francisco Convent, the San José Temple, the Tlaxcala Art Gallery and the botanical garden.

The quality architecture and rich history are apparent in many corners of the city. Other interesting structures include: the Tlaxcala Cathedral, the Open Chapel of San Francisco Convent, the Posa Chapel, the Our Lady of Ocotlán Sanctuary, the Pocito de Agua Milagrosa Chapel, the San Nicolasito Chapel, the old Municipal Palace, the Xicohténcatl Theater, the Tizatlán Open Chapel, the San Esteban Temple, the Tizatlán Archeological Zone and the hermitage of San Buenaventura Atempan.

The cultural and ancestral history of Tlaxcala can be appreciated in its museums. Among these are: the Tlaxcala Regional Museum, the State Art Gallery, the Ocotelulco Site Museum, the Tizatlán Site Museum, and the Popular Arts and Traditions Museum.