Monday, June 9, 2014


Chignahuapan is a city located in the northern part of the state of Puebla. Its name comes from the Nahuatl words Chicñahui, meaning "nine"; atl, meaning "water"; and bread suffix, meaning 'about', 'in'. Altogether means "on the nine waters." In pre-Hispanic times, the area occupied by the present town of Chignahuapan region was inhabited by Totonac peoples from about the seventh century AD. C., getting to exercise control over the region until the tenth century, however, during this period there was a coexistence between peoples Totonac, Nahua, Otomi and Tepehuas
. During the conquest of Mexico, Hernán Cortés granted permission to chichimeca chief Chichimecuatehuipil to settle in the region. He founded the town of Tetehuitic 'Mount pyramids "as surrender site of worship to God Mixcóatl. Later, in 1527 he founded the town of Santiago Chiquinahuitle, "nine eyes water." Franciscan missionaries arrived shortly after and established this place as a center of teaching and evangelism. In 1874 the town received the name of Villa de Chignahuapan. In the month of February 2012 mammoth remains were found in the town of Llano-green Chignahuapan date from about 12 thousand to 15 years these remains.   

Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Displays a contemporary and elegant architecture, but its main attraction is its interior, where there is a monumental sculpture of the Virgin Mary. The image, carved in cedar, is one of the masterpieces of the sculptor José Luis Silvia poblano, and more than 12 meters high, it is one of the largest indoor carvings throughout Latin America. The statue was inaugurated by the tempo on May 12, 1972, with Pastor Ildefonso Illescas. Also highlights a beautiful polychrome stained glass depicting the Annunciation of Mary. Located right at the entrance of the church, seems to welcome the faithful with your party colors, especially when the sun's rays penetrate glass.  

 Thermal Baths Quarter Tenextla s / n Within Chignahuapan there are several hot springs whose medicinal properties are recognized statewide. Tenextla thermal baths are located in a corner surrounded by greenery and emanating from a spring at an initial temperature of 51 degrees Celsius, which comes after the pools at a temperature between 25 and 38 degrees Celsius. The area is perfectly equipped to enjoy the water in comfort and accessibility to various services, plus a hotel and sp  

 Plaza de Armas One of the classic central meeting space of the inhabitants of the city. The square in the center exhibits a picturesque gazebo painted colorful Moorish decorative following a clear trend. The structure was built in the early twentieth century with double timber and proudly holds the title of being the only kiosk Mexico all built of wood, and the only addition, which houses a source under its roof   Jump Quetzalapan Advancing 8 km from the town center in northeastern direction, a steep wooded area henna. Here is one of the highest waterfalls in the state, with approximately 200 meters. The sight of water falling into the void at its best is a unique experience, a mystical link between man and the forces of nature, while the rock walls through which the water rushes, are one of the objectives most sought after by fans end rappel.   Lagoon Around the municipal seat is distinguished by a lush and luxuriant vegetation due to the abundance of aquifers. Chignahuapan Lagoon, also known as Almoloya lagoon is a large aquifer consists of nine gentle eyes water where fishing is allowed, boat ride and even a dip. An ideal place to spend a day in contact with nature and five minutes away from the city.   

Tree-ear Church Ixtlahuaca neighborhood. From 10:00 to 18:00 h. Despite its small size, is one of the most peculiar of the state, not only by their structure or their ornaments, but because it keeps inside a unique treasure: a tiny natural fungus petrified on whose surface the faithful say see different images religious, highlighting the crucified Christ (to view you must use a magnifying glass). The fungus was found in 1880 by a farmer and the finding was considered a miracle, so it was decided to build a church on that very unusual place to venerate the relic. The Church of the Tree-ear was officially given the name of the Lord in principle Health, and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart of Jesus after.  

 Chapel La Villita Chignahuapan-Tlaxco Road, mile 11 to 13 miles of San Antonio Matlahuacales. Every day from 10:00 to 16:00 h. Small temple of a Latin and covered with a barrel vault that houses inside a peculiar piece cross: the trunk of a pine which miraculously image of the Virgin of Guadalupe was formed. The image arouses fervor of the locals, as they say, hear the prayers and petitions of the devotees who pray to her.     

Parish of St. James Constitution Square s / n Located in downtown, the St. James Church is an interesting example of Franciscan architecture of the sixteenth century. Fortunately the original colors of the walls are still kept alive, creating a polychrome building in line with the brightness and color of the kiosk near the Plaza de Armas. The façade was built in mortar in the eighteenth century by indigenous artists, giving free rein to his imagination in this unique creation. Stresses the lateral tower, which looks at the top of the first clock produced by the factory Centennial of Zacatlán. Inside the temple there are several altarpieces and a high relief of St. James riding on his horse. Santiago and indigenous Despite the wishes of the Franciscan missionaries in the area, the Indians always felt more devotion useful and spirited horse of Santiago the Apostle himself. They used to believe that lightning storms were produced by the cracking of their helmets.  

 Cerro Calvario Each year the festival is held at the hill of Calvary or as some call it: Cerrito Colorado. The date of the party depends on the programming of the festival of the patron saint of Chignahuapan being normally one week before 25 July. The celebration activities consist of a prosesión the Shrine of the Tree-ear Cerrito, Mass, fireworks, food for all people, etc   

Christmas spheres The most important industry of the village is the production of christmas spheres, made from blown glass. There are over 200 workshops where these motifs, in which production reaching more than 70 million annually occur in areas Chignahuapan. Chignahuapan is known nationally for this activity. Every year in the week around November 2, is held in this town the National Tree Fair and Christmas sphere. The spheres produced Chignahuapan are distributed much of the states of Mexico and Europe especially the Vatican.