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Postcards from Atlixco, Puebla, Mexico

The beautiful town of Atlixco, Puebla is located fifteen miles from the city of Puebla. The name “Atlixco” comes from the Nahuatl phrase “water in the valley”. The city dates from pre-Hispanic times. Eventually the Spanish settled there. It received its coat of arms from King Phillip II in 1579. It sits near the base of the volcanoes Popocatepetl and Ixtaccihuatl as well as lying at the foot of the Cerro de San Miguel hill which is a main geographical and cultural landmark. The church of San Miguel is located at the top of the hill and there are various look-up points on the way up to the church. This site is where the indigenous dance festival Huey Atlixcayotl is held the last Sunday of September. The weather is mild throughout the year. It is known for its production of ornamental plants and cut flowers.

The town is known for its “folk Baroque” churches that were built primarily in the 16th and 17th centuries by indigenous craftsmen. Some of the churches worth visiting are La Merced, the Chapel of the 3rd Order, San Agustin, Ex-Convento del Carmen, the Parish church of St. Mary of the Nativity, San Miguel and the Ex-Convento San Francisco. Another interesting building is the Hospital of San Juan Dios that is from the colonial period. The Palacio Municipal is another building worth visiting as it features murals on both the ground and second floor illustrating the history of Atlixco. The zócalo known as Parqué Colon is most picturesque with tiled park benches on all four sides. It is unfortunate that the chain Italian Coffee Company occupies the center of the zócalo. On Saturday and Sunday the zócalo was full of activity as flower vendors were located on all four sides and there was a little market on the east side selling local arts and crafts. The local market is one block south of the zócalo. As it was near Día de los Muertos it was full of copal, incense burners, pan de muerto, flowers, candles and sugar toys. I also particularly enjoyed walking on Avenida Hidalgo which is know as "Calle de las Flores" for all the hanging potted flowers and pots located on the street. It was the most charming little town!
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The Parqué Colon
The Parqué Colon
Street Scene in Atlixco
Street Scene in Atlixco
Watering plants on Calle de las Flores
Watering plants on Calle de las Flores
Wooden doors
Wooden doors
Scenic Park Bench
Scenic Park Bench
Horse on Calle de las Flores
Horse on Calle de las Flores
Mural at the Palacio Municipal
Mural at the Palacio Municipal
View of Popo
View of Popo
Street Art
Street Art
Strawberries in the market
Strawberries in the market
The Dome at St. Mary of the Navitiy
The Dome at St. Mary of the Navitiy
Decorative motif on building
Decorative motif on building
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