Tlaxcala is the capital of the State of Tlaxcala, Mexico’s smallest state, but don’t let that keep you from exploring this colonial city with one of Mexico’s most beautiful town square.
Two large central plazas meet in Centro and create one of the most stunning city plazas in Mexico. The northern side of the plaza is where the city’s rich history can be explored as you step back into the time of grand colonial architecture and Spanish influences in Mexico. The square is 75 meters on each side and was developed by the Spanish in 1524.
The historical downtown of this charming city is lined with government buildings and churches that are a feast for the eyes of anyone who has a passion for architecture, history, and colonial life in Mexico. With a large student population the city is also hip with restaurants, bars, cafes, and a few excellent museums, all inspired by those in Mexico City, less than two hours away.
While exploring the city you will not want to miss some of its historical sites that make this capital city so unique. Be sure to visit the Royal Indian Chapel, built in the 16th century as a church for the indigenous people, it burnt down in the 18th century. The church finally collapsed as a result of an earthquake and remained in ruins until rebuilt in 1984 and currently is the home of the state’s judicial branch of government.
As with most cities and towns throughout Latin America, you will not want to miss the heart of the people in its local church. San José parish church was built in the 18th century and previously the Diocese of Tlaxcala before the Diocese moved to the city of Puebla.
Other landmarks include the Franciscan monastery, Tlaxcala Museum of Art, City Hall, and the town square. The city center is compact making it easy to explore both the boutique lined streets of Avenida Juarez and the colonial historical sites all on foot. Of course the two sites that linger over the city are the Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl volcanoes looking over you as you explore this magical city in their valley.
The city is largely untouched by tourists making it a great escape into a true Mexican city and culture.