Cinco de Mayo commemorates the victory of the Mexican forces in the Battle of Puebla over the battle-tested and twice as large army from France in 1862. Some say the key to General Ignacio Zaragoza's victory were the defense of the twin forts; Guadalupe and Loreto in the hills above Puebla.
|Inside the walls of Fuerte Loreto|
|Defensive walls outside the fort|
Today, the Mexican and Puebla governments have restored these forts and made the surrounding area a large park called Centro Civico 5 de Mayo. The complex also includes a planetarium, an archaeological museum, a Olympic soccer stadium and green areas. it has become an area for families and visitors to learn about history and relax on a day off.
The Forts (Fuertes de Loreto y Guadalupe) have an interactive museum called Museo Regional INAH at The Forts. This museum is divided into three sections: the library, the hall dedicated to artist Diego Rivera, and a complex organized thematically and chronologically of early Puebla history. The most interesting highlight might be a colossal sculpture of Saint Christopher, dating back to the 17th century. You will also see a number of armaments (guns, swords, cannons), maps from the battles, equipment and paintings of the battle and historic figures.
Well worth a visit while spending some time in the beautiful, colonial city of Puebla.
|Battle flag of the Puebla forces|
|Our Lady of Loreto|
|Museum displays in both Spanish and English|
|Looking towards Puebla and Popocatepetl volcano from the forts|
Recommended accommodations while in Puebla; Hotel Casa de la Palma.
Photos & information provided by Ted Donovan