Wednesday, January 26, 2011

January travels: Tlaxcala

Last Tuesday evening Karen asked if I wanted to take a day trip on Wednesday. I said, "Sure, why not?" and we planned to meet at the bus terminal in the morning. 

We visited Tlaxcala, which is the capital of the state of the same name and the smallest state in Mexico. 

"When the Spanish arrived in 1519, the Tlaxcalans fought fiercely at first , but ultimately became Cortés' staunchest allies against the Aztecs (with the exception of one chief, Xicoténcatl the Younger, who tried to rouse his people against the Spanish and is now a Mexican hero). The Spanish rewarded the Tlaxcalans with privileges and used them to help pacify  and settle Chichimec areas to the north." -- Lonely Planet Guide Book. 

buildings around the zócalo (main plaza) 


there were lots of statues around Tlaxcala with
a similar style, material and color 


buildings around the zócalo














the zócalo












the Palacio de Gobierno


murals of Tlaxcala's history by Desiderio Hernández Xochitiotzin in
the Palacio de Gobierno


murals of Tlaxcala's history by Desiderio Hernández Xochitiotzin in
the Palacio de Gobierno


murals of Tlaxcala's history by Desiderio Hernández Xochitiotzin in
the Palacio de Gobierno


murals of Tlaxcala's history by Desiderio Hernández Xochitiotzin in
the Palacio de Gobierno


murals of Tlaxcala's history by Desiderio Hernández
Xochitiotzin in the Palacio de Gobierno


murals of Tlaxcala's history by Desiderio Hernández
Xochitiotzin in the Palacio de Gobierno


murals of Tlaxcala's history by Desiderio Hernández
Xochitiotzin in the Palacio de Gobierno


murals of Tlaxcala's history by Desiderio Hernández Xochitiotzin in
the Palacio de Gobierno




murals of Tlaxcala's history by Desiderio Hernández Xochitiotzin in
the Palacio de Gobierno




murals of Tlaxcala's history by Desiderio Hernández Xochitiotzin in
the Palacio de Gobierno



murals of Tlaxcala's history by Desiderio Hernández Xochitiotzin in
the Palacio de Gobierno

Palacio del Gobierno


Palacio del Gobierno






Parroquia de San José





Parroquia de San José

Parroquia de San José


lunch! 


lunch!


another view of the Zócalo


the Palacio de Justicia, the former Capilla Real de Indios, built for the
use of indigenous nobles






Virgin de Guadalupe figures in the shop at the
Museo de Artes y Tradiciones de Tlaxcala
(Museum of Art and Traditions of Tlaxcala)/
"Casa de las Artesanias"


Museo de Artes y Tradiciones de Tlaxcala
(Museum of Art and Traditions of Tlaxcala)/
"Casa de las Artesanias"


Talavera pottery
Museo de Artes y Tradiciones de Tlaxcala
(Museum of Art and Traditions of Tlaxcala)/
"Casa de las Artesanias"


map of what's made where in Tlaxcala
Museo de Artes y Tradiciones de Tlaxcala
(Museum of Art and Traditions of Tlaxcala)/
"Casa de las Artesanias"


Museo de Artes y Tradiciones de Tlaxcala
(Museum of Art and Traditions of Tlaxcala)/
"Casa de las Artesanias"






Museo de Artes y Tradiciones de Tlaxcala
(Museum of Art and Traditions of Tlaxcala)/
"Casa de las Artesanias"


Museo de Artes y Tradiciones de Tlaxcala
(Museum of Art and Traditions of Tlaxcala)/
"Casa de las Artesanias"


talavera pottery
Museo de Artes y Tradiciones de Tlaxcala
(Museum of Art and Traditions of Tlaxcala)/
"Casa de las Artesanias"


carved canes
Museo de Artes y Tradiciones de Tlaxcala
(Museum of Art and Traditions of Tlaxcala)/
"Casa de las Artesanias"


Museo de Artes y Tradiciones de Tlaxcala
(Museum of Art and Traditions of Tlaxcala)/
"Casa de las Artesanias"


Museo de Artes y Tradiciones de Tlaxcala
(Museum of Art and Traditions of Tlaxcala)/
"Casa de las Artesanias"


carved chess set
Museo de Artes y Tradiciones de Tlaxcala
(Museum of Art and Traditions of Tlaxcala)/
"Casa de las Artesanias"


Museo de Artes y Tradiciones de Tlaxcala
(Museum of Art and Traditions of Tlaxcala)/
"Casa de las Artesanias"






woman weaving
Museo de Artes y Tradiciones de Tlaxcala
(Museum of Art and Traditions of Tlaxcala)/
"Casa de las Artesanias"


trying on the belt she made
Museo de Artes y Tradiciones de Tlaxcala
(Museum of Art and Traditions of Tlaxcala)/
"Casa de las Artesanias"

modeling the belt she made
Museo de Artes y Tradiciones de Tlaxcala
(Museum of Art and Traditions of Tlaxcala)/
"Casa de las Artesanias"



Museo de Artes y Tradiciones de Tlaxcala
(Museum of Art and Traditions of Tlaxcala)/
"Casa de las Artesanias"


woven, not painted!
Museo de Artes y Tradiciones de Tlaxcala
(Museum of Art and Traditions of Tlaxcala)/
"Casa de las Artesanias"


Museo de Artes y Tradiciones de Tlaxcala
(Museum of Art and Traditions of Tlaxcala)/
"Casa de las Artesanias"


Museo de Artes y Tradiciones de Tlaxcala
(Museum of Art and Traditions of Tlaxcala)/
"Casa de las Artesanias"


Museo de Artes y Tradiciones de Tlaxcala
(Museum of Art and Traditions of Tlaxcala)/
"Casa de las Artesanias"


Museo de Artes y Tradiciones de Tlaxcala
(Museum of Art and Traditions of Tlaxcala)/
"Casa de las Artesanias"


Bells are "the voice of God" so the bell-maker must be
pure (no alcohol, sexual relations, etc) before
making the bell
Museo de Artes y Tradiciones de Tlaxcala
(Museum of Art and Traditions of Tlaxcala)/
"Casa de las Artesanias"


traditional kitchen
 de Artes y Tradiciones de Tlaxcala
(Museum of Art and Traditions of Tlaxcala)/
"Casa de las Artesanias"


traditional sweat lodge/sauna
Museo de Artes y Tradiciones de Tlaxcala
(Museum of Art and Traditions of Tlaxcala)/
"Casa de las Artesanias"


where corn is stored
Museo de Artes y Tradiciones de Tlaxcala
(Museum of Art and Traditions of Tlaxcala)/
"Casa de las Artesanias"




Eagle/snake statue (image on Mexico's flag) with
statue of Benito Juarez and
the Parroquia in the background






one of the 4 Tlaxcala leaders 




Ex-Convento Franciscano de la Asuncio


Ex-Convento Franciscano de la Asuncio


Ex-Convento Franciscano de la Asuncio


bull fighting plaza 














Santuario de la Virgen de Ocotlán. It is in the Churrigueresque style
(aka over the top in decoration).




Santuario de la Virgen de OcotlánIt is an important pilgrimage site due to the belief
that the Virgin appeared here in 1541.


Santuario de la Virgen de Ocotlán


Santuario de la Virgen de Ocotlán


Santuario de la Virgen de Ocotlán




Part of the mural showing the story of the Virgin.Santuario de la Virgen de Ocotlán.






Part of the mural showing the story of the Virgin.Santuario de la Virgen de Ocotlán.


Church bench with many details reminiscent
of indigenous beliefs (ex: flowers and fruit were symbols
of the goddess they worshiped) 
Santuario de la Virgen de Ocotlán




Santuario de la Virgen de Ocotlán


Santuario de la Virgen de Ocotlán




Santuario de la Virgen de Ocotlán




overlooking Tlaxcala






Escalinata de los Héroes (stairway of the heroes)




sunset on the bus ride from Tlaxcala to the DF

4 comments:

  1. Wow! I know now where's gonna be my next vacations.

    Amazing pics btw.

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  2. thanks for visiting here :) the third picture with no name is Xichotencatl Theater

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