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Tlaxcala Activities & Places to Visit

Tlaxcala is a unique place, with an extensive variety of places of interest and tourist attractions. Next we present some of the most representative spots you must visit in Tlaxcala, Mexico:

  • Museo de la Memoria (Memory’s Museum): It’s located in what was a Franciscan congregation. Its most important collections are documents related to the history of Tlaxcala.
  • Plaza de la Constitucion (Constitution Square): In this place is located La Fuente de la Santa Cruz, donated by the king of Spain Felipe IV in 1646, built in the XIX century.
  • Teatro Xicotencatl (Theater): Dating back from the second half of the XIX century. In this precinct were presented circus shows, cock fights and dances.
  • Capilla Real de Indios (Chapel): Nowadays the Tlaxcala’s justice offices. Its edification started in the XVI century, offering religious services to the Tlaxcala aristocracy from the XVI to the XVIII century.
  • Portal Hidalgo and Portal Chico: Located east and southeast of the Plaza de la Constitucion. Its construction was made by initiative of the Corregidor Diego Ramirez, clearly of Mudejar style.
  • Museo Regional INHA (Museum): Among its valuable collections stand out the pre-Hispanic pieces found in the Xochitecatl and Cacaxtla archaeological sites, along with a series of canvas of the colonial time.
  • Plaza de Toros Jorge Aguilar “El Ranchero”: It’s the ultimate taurine precinct of Tlaxcala, named under one of the most famous bull fighters in Mexico: Jorge Aguilar “El Ranchero”.
  • Capilla Abierta: This chapel is also known as the Humilladero and the Capilla del Rosario. It’s an outdoor place located a few steps from the Plaza de Toros, atrium and Tlaxcala’s Cathedral.
  • Capilla del Cristo del Buen Vecino (Chapel): A XVII century building, holds a miraculous Christ. It adopted its name in the Guerra Cristera of 1924. It consists of just one tower and cemetery atrium.
  • Museo Miguel N Lira (Museum): The museum is located in a place that once was the State Graphic Workshops. It exhibits a series of personal items and family pictures of the writer.
  • Escalinata de los Heroes: 250 stairs. The busts of the heroes of the Independence and Revolution are here. Culminates a sculpture of Xicotencatl Axayacatzi.
  • Museo Vivo de Artes y Tradiciones Populares (Museum): Here you’ll find art exhibitions, ways of constructions of the indigenous homes, utensils, dresses, domestic altars, family art workshops and a sample of the fabrication of Pulque.
  • Parroquia de San Jose: In its interior holds two stone piles, one with the image of Camaxtli, god of the ancient Tlaxcaltecas and the other with the Spanish imperial shield.
  • Santuario and Basilica de Ocotlan: It’s one of the Mexico’s most important Marian pilgrimage centers.
  • Capilla del Pocito de Agua Santa: This was the place where the Virgin of Ocotlan appeared in 1541. It’s inside a small chapel where there are mural paintings with biblical themes.
  • Palacio de Cultura ITC: Built in 1950 to be venue of the Institute of Superior Studies of the State of Tlaxcala.