Quinta Real Puebla

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Discover the Quinta Real Puebla, which was once established as the Convent of the Immaculate Conception in 1593.

Quinta Real Puebla was constructed between the 14th and 17th centuries, in which novel approaches to art and science spread throughout Europe.

Until the 16th century, there was only one convent in the city of Puebla de los Angeles until Priest Leonardo Ruiz de la Peña was inspired to construct one in honor of the Virgin Maria. Passionate about his mission, Priest Leonardo Ruiz de la Peña regularly rode horseback to visit nearby communities and villages. During a visit to a neighboring area, the priest was attempting to cross a river when a flash flood swept him and his horse in its current. Legend has it that a figure in a white dress and blue cloak pulled him from the river to safety. In exchange for his salvation, the priest was motivated to build the Convent of the Immaculate Conception on February 24th, 1593.

The convent’s religious order quickly became the wealthiest in the city. Potential postulants were required to be of pure Spanish blood and present a dowry. The amount of the dowry determined the size of the postulant's room. Because of the prestige of The Choir of the Conception, women with an exceptional talent for music were exempt from giving dowries. During the Reform War in Mexico, the convent was expropriated and used as an army headquarters. The convent became a landmark in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. After the war, the Spanish Colonial structure was left unused and gradually deteriorated. In the mid-1980s, local architect Rodolfo Jimenez Brito established a trust with several investors to restore and convert the location into the luxury historic hotel that it remains today.

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