Puebla Cathedral

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Puebla Cathedral
Catedral de Puebla, México, 2013-10-11, DD 06.JPG
Puebla Cathedral
General information
Town or city Puebla
Country Mexico
Construction started 1575
Completed 1690
Design and construction
Architect Francisco Becerra

Puebla Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral in the city of Puebla, in Puebla, Mexico. It is a colonial cathedral, and is the see of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Puebla de los Angeles. The cathedral's bishop is Víctor Sánchez Espinosa. The cathedral is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception.[1]


Puebla Cathedral

On January 24, 1557 Viceroy Martín Enríquez (1562–80) authorized construction. The design was submitted to the Dean and Cathedral Chapter on November 11, 1557.[2] Construction began in November of 1575, under the direction of architect Francisco Becerra and Juan de Cigorondo. Construction was interrupted in 1626 but in 1634 Juan Gómez de Trasmonte modified the design and construction began again in 1640 when Bishop Juan de Palafox was ordered by King Philip III to complete the building. It was largely completed eight years later and on April 18, 1649, the Cathedral was consecrated to the Virgin Mary.

November 20, 2010, inauguration of the new lighting system

It was not entirely completed until 1690. The front façade was built out of a black limestone, and it has two towers, the tallest in Mexico,[1] one of which has no bells. According to legend, an underground river passes under that tower and if bells were placed in it, the tower would collapse.


Inside of the Cathedral

The interior of the cathedral contains many artistic artifacts that are found in its 14 lateral chapels and the main altar. Its principal altar is referred to as "The Major Altar", or "The Altar of the Kings", which was designed by Manuel Tolsa and built between 1797 and 1818. Some bishops of Puebla are buried under it. Across most of the rear wall of the cathedral is a Blessed Sacrament chapel.[1] The inside of the dome of the apse chapel was painted with The Assumption of the Virgin by Cristóbal de Villalpando.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Crowe, Gretchen R. (2006-12-14). "City of Puebla Shines as Mexican ‘Jewel’". Catholic Herald. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  2. ^ Leicht, Hugo (1934). Las Calles de Puebla (2002 ed.). Puebla Pue. México: Secretaría de Cultura/Gobierno del Estado de Puebla. p. 142. ISBN 968-5122-54-7. 
  3. ^ Haces, Juana Gutierrez (2006) "Cristobal de Vallalpando" page 535 In Rishel, Joseph J. and Stratton-Pruitt, Suzanne (editors) (2006) The Arts in Latin America, 1492–1820 Yale University Press, New Haven, Connecticut, ISBN 978-0-300-12003-5

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Coordinates: 19°2′34.20″N 98°11′54.10″W / 19.0428333°N 98.1983611°W / 19.0428333; -98.1983611