The Many Churches in Cholula, Puebla

Churches in Cholula, Puebla. LFP 2021

It is said that for every day of the year, there is one church in Cholula, Puebla. This may not be fully accurate; but if you consider not just every building but also every “Capilla,” and “altar,” inside every church, you may actually have more than 365 places o worship. An assistant to Hernán Cortés unintentionally created this legend by informing Spain that Cholula had many churches.

Historians have described an abundance of ancestral ceremonial sites in this area, considered an important city in Mesoamerica. The Spanish conquistadores decided to suppress and destroy such sites. Instead, they built churches, many churches in Cholula.

These two temples are perhaps the most relevant, because of their architectural beauty and prominence. The one on top of seemingly a hill is the Temple of our Sra. de los Remedios, sitting above the Tlachihualtépetl Pyramid, which at 400 meters, has the largest base of any pyramid in the world.

-Lupita Franco Peimbert

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