The Historic Mexican City of Cholula

Knowing we would be driving back through Mexico, I started planning the route.  Traveling mainly on Mexico Highway 57 in the middle of the country again, I wanted to see some different cities than on the way down to Belize.  That's when Cholula, a small village just outside of Puebla, Mexico, popped up on the radar. 

The Great Pyramid of Cholula | Cholula Mexico | Image By Indianapolis-based Architectural Photographer Jason Humbracht in 2015

The Great Pyramid of Cholula

I searched for lost civilizations in Mexico, and The Great Pyramid of Cholula came up as a must-see.  This is one of the largest pyramids in the world, but surprisingly I had never heard of it.  This goes far in showing how much the world has to offer that you would never know about unless you just go explore!

Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios | The Great Pyramid of Cholula | Cholula Mexico | Image By Indianapolis-based Architectural Photographer Jason Humbracht in 2015

Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios

Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios | The Great Pyramid of Cholula | Cholula Mexico | Image By Indianapolis-based Architectural Photographer Jason Humbracht in 2015

Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios

The cathedral, Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, sits atop the Great Pyramid of Cholula, and was built by Cortes, after tearing down the former temple.  However Cortes never knew what his new church stood on top of, since the pyramid looks the same as it does today...hidden under brush and stone.  Learn the history of the Cholula Pyramid here.

The Great Pyramid of Cholula | Cholula Mexico | Image By Indianapolis-based Architectural Photographer Jason Humbracht in 2015

View from the Great Pyramid Of Cholula

Popocatepetl Volcano | Cholula Mexico | Image By Indianapolis-based Architectural Photographer Jason Humbracht in 2015

Popocatepetl Volcano

View of one of Mexico's two most famous volcanoes— Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl.

Popocatepetl Volcano | Cholula Mexico | Image By Indianapolis-based Architectural Photographer Jason Humbracht in 2015

Popocatepetl Volcano

Popocatepetl Volcano | Cholula Mexico | Image By Indianapolis-based Architectural Photographer Jason Humbracht in 2015

Popocatepetl Volcano

Popocatepetl Volcano | Cholula Mexico | Image By Indianapolis-based Architectural Photographer Jason Humbracht in 2015

Volcano View

We booked one night at Hotel Villas Arquelogicas and almost immediately changed it to two nights.  This place is perfect!  It sits directly across the street from the Cholula Pyramid, but also within walking distance from the city center.  The hotel also has archaeological discoveries sprinkled all throughout the property.

Marching Band | Street Photography | Cholula Mexico | Image By Indianapolis-based Architectural Photographer Jason Humbracht in 2015

Band Practice

Street Photography | Cholula Mexico | Image By Indianapolis-based Architectural Photographer Jason Humbracht in 2015

Streets of Cholula, Mexico

Bibliotheca Franciscana | Mexican Spanish Architecture | Cholula Mexico | Image By Indianapolis-based Architectural Photographer Jason Humbracht in 2015

Biblioteca Franciscana (exterior)

Situated in the Pilgrim's Gate of the Convent of St. Gabriel, you'll discover the Biblioteca Franciscana.  This library is one of the world's oldest...I know, another of the world's oldest/largest...It has more than 24,000 volumes published between the 16th and 18th centuries.  The guard there was great, allowing me to take pictures and even gave us a free gift.

Bibliotheca Franciscana | Mexican Spanish Architecture | Cholula Mexico | Image By Indianapolis-based Architectural Photographer Jason Humbracht in 2015

Bibliotheca Franciscana (interior)

Bibliotheca Franciscana | Mexican Spanish Architecture | Cholula Mexico | Image By Indianapolis-based Architectural Photographer Jason Humbracht in 2015

Bibliotheca Franciscana (interior)

For more on travel photography, go to my post Travel Photography Tips and Planning.

The Great Pyramid of Cholula | Cholula Mexico | Image By Indianapolis-based Architectural Photographer Jason Humbracht in 2015

The Great Pyramid of Cholula

Although I would say Cholula, Mexico is a tourist destination, it doesn't seem to attract many international tourists.  Natasha and I were the only white people around except for one other lady we saw on top of the Cholula Pyramid.  It seems most of the tourists come from other Mexican cities, and this may be why I had never heard of any of the beautiful sites this city has to offer.  And it has plenty!!!

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9 Comments

  1. harrienijland June 17, 2015 at 4:41 pm #

    Nice to see a little more of Cholula. In 1993 when had only a short stop at the pyramid. (I posted almost the same shot as your last one … 🙂 https://harrienijland.wordpress.com/2015/06/02/mexico-from-slides-prt8-tlachihualtepetl-and-templo-y-ex-convento-de-santo-domingo/ ).

    • jhumbracht June 17, 2015 at 4:43 pm #

      That’s really cool! I tried to find a vantage point that allowed me to get both the church and volcano in same shot, but never happened…

      • harrienijland June 17, 2015 at 4:49 pm #

        I did not see much of the pyramid, because I spent the little time I had to go inside..

  2. Ray Laskowitz June 17, 2015 at 10:48 pm #

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  3. Janice Wald June 18, 2015 at 7:11 am #

    Hi,
    I’ve been inside an Egyptian pyramid. (My claim to fame =)). You know I share your interest in photography. My husband taught me a few tips Wednesday morning.
    I came by to thank you for following my blog Reflections. I’m sorry I couldn’t get over sooner to thank you.
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    • jhumbracht June 19, 2015 at 11:47 am #

      That’s cool. What tips did you learn?

      • Janice Wald June 19, 2015 at 11:01 pm #

        Lighting techniques on the IPhone.

  4. zirah1 June 21, 2015 at 12:24 pm #

    Great looking blog and post. Love the pic of the volcano.

    p.s. Thanks for stopping by Self-help Health and deciding to give it a follows. Always appreciate when someone takes the time to do that, plus it helps lead me to what they’re up to, like this wonderful photography of yours.

    • jhumbracht June 22, 2015 at 4:09 pm #

      Thanks for taking the time to send this nice message.

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