Tlaxcala Part III: Around The Zocalo

Ex-Legislative Palace
Ex-Legislative Palace

During my September 2013 trip to Puebla, Mexico, I took a day and detoured to the state of Tlaxcala. While there, I had already visited part of the city, including the Basilica Ocotlan, one of the highlights of Mexican Baroque architecture.  Walking back down the hill, I passed several other notable buildings. The Xicohtencatl Theater was built by 1873, and is an important civic landmark.

Further along, I passed the ex-Legislative Palace. Built in the 19th Century, it was used until 1982. The interior has a wonderful stairway with a large bronze sculpture of Benito Juarez.

Entering the Zocalo, or main square, I came upon the Government Palace. This building takes an entire side of the square. Inside are beautiful murals depicting the history of Mexico. They were created from 1956-2000 by Desiderio Hernandez Xochitiotzin.  These murals cover many surfaces inside the public spaces of the Government Palace.

Murals
Murals

Around the corner on a plaza sits the beautiful Parroquia de San Jose. Built in the early 17th century, it has a beautiful Talavera-tiled facade. The tower is neoclassical in style.  The body of the church is a deep orange color.  This is a very attractive and photogenic building.

Parroquia de San Jose, Tlaxcala
Parroquia de San Jose, Tlaxcala

Back on the Zocalo sits a beautiful building now known as the Palacio de Justica. It was once, however, a royal chapel. Built in 1528, it was not “royal” in the sense of being used by Spanish royalty — instead, it was for local Mexicans of noble birth. It was paid for by the Cuatro Senores.

Palacio de Justica
Palacio de Justica

When I was all done walking around the Zocalo, I decided to move on.  I had a cab drive take me to the bus station, where I grabbed the next bus to Huamantla.

Below are a few more photos of the area around the Zocalo.  As usual, click any photo for a larger image.

 

 

Benito Juarez Statue Inside Ex-Legislative Palace, Tlaxcala
Benito Juarez Statue Inside Ex-Legislative Palace, Tlaxcala
Government Palace, Tlaxcala
Government Palace, Tlaxcala
Parroquia de San Jose, Tlaxcala
Parroquia de San Jose, Tlaxcala
Parroquia de San Jose, Tlaxcala, Interior
Parroquia de San Jose, Tlaxcala, Interior
Cool VW Bus
Cool VW Bus

 

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