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  • One of many superbly ornate Baroque churches in central Puebla's historic district. width:637;;height:480
  • A domed ceiling in one Puebla church, completely filled with intricate carvings and paintings. width:631;;height:480
  • Streets in Puebla's historic district are lined with colorful, decorative Baroque buildings, dating from the 1500s. width:557;;height:480
  • On Sundays the streets surrounding Puebla's main plaza - Zocalo - are closed to traffic, allowing residents and visitors to stroll along the pretty buildings and leafy park. width:446;;height:480
  • Today Puebla's historic district blends both traditional buildings with modern vehicular traffic, paved roads and electric traffic lights. In the distance is the great Cathedral of Puebla. width:640;;height:440
  • View of the Cathdral of Puebla's twin stone towers, golden dome and dark red exterior, trimmed in white. This cathedral is the highest in Mexico and appears on the $500 note. width:502;;height:480
  • Puebla rests at the foot of two of Mexico's most prominent volcanoes. Here Mt. Iztaccihuatl appears behind a church dome, viewed from the roof of Museum Amparo on a clear morning. width:640;;height:464
  • Mt. Popocatelpetl is Mexico's second highest peak at 5,426 m (17,802 ft). Still quite active, it most recently spewed red lava and ash into the air in April, 2016. width:635;;height:480
  • Exterior view of massive San Jose Church in central Puebla. width:640;;height:457
  • San Francisco Church has a very unique and colorful exterior. width:337;;height:480
  • This pretty yellow church is located near Puebla's sprawling Cinco de Mayo Market. width:365;;height:480
  • another exquisite church interior. width:364;;height:480
  • Each Puebla church features elaborate detailing and colors, but each is surprisingly distinctive. width:365;;height:480
  • Puebla's famous Palafoxiana Library, dating from the 1600s, has been preserved in its original beauty... width:635;;height:480
  • Lined by gorgeous wood book cases full of original leather-bound books from previous centuries. The collection includes some extremely rare and famous books. width:506;;height:480
  • ...as well as historic world globes and other travel-Earth-universe devices. width:636;;height:480
  • Well-marked streets make Puebla a breeze to navigate. width:363;;height:480
  • This well-preserved street is lined by small art and anitique shops. It becomes particularly lively on weekends when outdoor markets are set up. width:632;;height:480
  • Each Puebla building showcases its own unique decor, color and trimmings. width:640;;height:460
  • Calle Dulces is an entire street devoted to Puebla's traditional sweets shops, known as 'dulcerias'. width:314;;height:480
  • Puebla's dulces tend to be colorful and very sweet... width:445;;height:480
  • ...another sweet concotion found in Puebla dulcerias. width:513;;height:480
  • Another special attraction in Puebla is the Train Museum, showcasing a collection of historic trains from Mexico's past. width:624;;height:480
  • Like Puebla's buildings and churches, the trains come in all sorts of vibrant colors. width:366;;height:480
  • ...and from many different eras of train history. width:635;;height:480
  • A luxurious 1st-class seating car, featuring plush red velvet seats and polished wood floors. width:626;;height:480
  • A few years ago a series of tunnels was discovered under Puebla city. Some sections have been renovated and opened for visitation. Apparently the tunnels connect dozens of churches in central Puebla. width:636;;height:480
  • Nowadays even Puebla's historic streets are busy with modern car traffic, advertising and electrical lights. width:633;;height:480
  • Perhaps Puebla's most modern element is the stunning Museum of Baroque Art. width:638;;height:480
  • A pretty blue whirlpool accentuates the museum's central courtyard. width:634;;height:480
  • Expansive gardens surround the back of the museum, seen here just before a storm. width:634;;height:480
  • In central Puebla, huge Church of Nuestra Senora de Guadelupe dominates a small park known as Paseo Bravo. width:634;;height:480
  • Another elaborate uniquely painted church dome pierces a bright blue sky. width:478;;height:480
  • And these pretty blue spires shine under cloudy skies. width:632;;height:480
  • ...while these colorful church spires catch a touch of sunlight as a storm brews behind. width:380;;height:480
  • In Puebla there's always another beautiful church interior to discover. width:638;;height:480
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