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Puebla de Zaragoza, officially named as Heroica Puebla de Zaragoza, is a Mexican metropolis, head of the municipality of Puebla, capital and most populous city of the state of Puebla as well as the Metropolitan Area of Puebla-Tlaxcala. The city is also known as "Puebla de los Ángeles", which is why it is also known as the Angelópolis. It is located in the central highlands of Mexico in the central-western part of the state, in the geographical area known as the Valley of Puebla. Founded on April 16,1531 as Puebla de Ángeles and built according to the plans of Bishop Julián Garcés, it is strategically located between Mexico City and the port of Veracruz.
The city is home to some of the most important examples of civil architecture and colonial, which covers periods from the Renaissance to the neoclassical Baroque, and its historic center houses many Spanish, French and Baroque colonial architecture, which is why it is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some of the old buildings were badly damaged after the earthquakes of June 15,1999 and September 19,2017, such as the church of San Agustín and the Palacio Municipal in 1999, and the Casa de Alfeñique in 2017. The city has hosted important events in the history of Mexico, so these events are remembered in a very important way with the celebration of parades, events such as the battle of May 5, where the Mexican army defeated the French army, or like the combat of November 18,1910, where the federal troops and the Serdán brothers conspired against the government of Don Porfirio Díaz.
Also the religious holidays are part of the culture due to the influence that the catholic religion has had throughout the history of the city. Among the main festivals are the Candelaria, the carnival, the Easter, Corpus Christi, the Holy Cross, the day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Christmas, the day of the Virgen del Carmen, the day of San José, the day of the Lord of the Wonders, the day of Santiago Apóstol, the day of the Immaculate Conception, the day of San Francisco, the day of the Blessed Sebastián de Aparicio, etc. Among its main products are textiles, ceramics, glassware, tiles, handicrafts and processed foods, in addition, the city is par excellence a gastronomic city due to the wide range of typical foods of the same as chili en nogada, chalupas, the "cemitas" and the poblano mole.
The typical costume of the city is the well-known costume of China Poblana. The conurbation, integrated by the city and municipality according to the last census conducted by the National Institute of Statistics and Geography, the National Population Council and the Social Development Secretariat in 2010, place Puebla as the fourth largest city in Mexico, after Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey. Puebla is part of the metropolitan area of Puebla-Tlaxcala, the fourth largest in Mexico with 38 municipalities in the states of Puebla and Tlaxcala, which in 2010 had a population of 2 668 437 inhabitants. On the other hand, it is number 19 in North America. If only the population of the municipality is taken into account, Puebla is the fourth most populous municipality in the country, after Iztapalapa, Ecatepec de Morelos and Tijuana.