Tourism in Cholula
If you have already done all or some of the 20 most popular activities in Cancun, we propose another tourist destination that you will like: Cholula, located a few kilometers from the capital of Puebla.
San Pedro de Cholula Town
This belongs to the state of Puebla, famous among other things for having no less than 365 churches or one of the worst events: the horrible massacre carried out by Hernán Cortes, near the Plaza de las Tres Culturas.
The Great Pyramid, Tlachihualtepetl, was built in 300 B.C. in honor of the god Quetzalcoatl. It is currently the largest pyramidal base and is considered the largest in the world, with a base 4 times larger than that of the Great Pyramid of Giza.
The Aztecs considered this place of worship, although after 1,000 years, they left and abandoned the pyramid, which was clearly worn out with the passage of time. Due to the lack of maintenance, not even the famous Hernán Cortés repaired it, and even built a church dedicated to Nuestra Señora de los Remedios on top of it in 1594, whose construction was completed in 1666.
In 1864 the church was destroyed by an earthquake and after a few years the governor of the city ordered it to be rebuilt. It is now a very popular site for both national and international tourists.
Former convent of San Andres de Cholula
Founded in 1557, its main function was to evangelize the people of the area, although after a few years, specifically in 1673, it was ordered to be demolished. In the end, this was not achieved because when the attempt was made to empty the convent, the figure of San Diego de Alcalá was impossible to move.
Santa Maria Tonantzintla
The church of Tonantzintla, a word that comes from the Nahuatl language and means place of our mother (Tonantzin was considered a goddess) unites the Christian and indigenous religions. That is why the name of the Virgin Mary was also included in this church. Its interior decoration stands out, since its dome is full of figures and pre-Hispanic details.
Archaeological sites in Cholula
Like the archaeological zone El Rey, in Cholula you will find several areas with great ancient heritage to visit. Its construction is assumed to have taken place between 200-400 AD.
This federal zone 7 kilometers from the capital of Puebla is between the aforementioned municipalities of San Pedro and San Andres, and its name derives from Cholollan, which means ”water that falls from the place of flight”.
The Great Pyramid, also known as Tlachihualtépec, which in the Nahuatl language means handmade hill or artificial mountain, consists of the courtyard of the altars, which is a set of sculptures inside the base.
It is also composed of the ceremonial altar, where the citizens asked the priests for help so that their crops and crops would bear good fruits.
Also, there is the mural of the drinkers, in which you can see more than 100 people drinking, currently considered one of the representative works of the Mesoamerican culture.