"I love Tlaxcala !!!" Tlaxcala de Xicohténcatl by jorgejuansanchez
Tlaxcala de Xicohténcatl Travel Guide: 4 reviews and 12 photos
Tlaxcala is located not far from Mexico DF. In the past I had traversed that small state but never stopped in it to get to know more about it.
This time, May 2012, I decided to spend a full day visiting its historical sights.
The bus station is not far from the downtown, I walked down there and saw a monument dedicated to an Indian chief in top of a hill. Then I descended the steps and arrived to a large square and a church. I thought it was the cathedral, but no, the cathedral was on top of another hill, one of the oldest in Mexico, and consequently in continetal America.
In the plaza de armas i visited a palace with many frescoes. Entrance was for free. These frescoes explained the history of the old kings of Tlaxcala nd the meeting with Hernan Cortes. Also explained that since the Aztecs were subyugating the Indians of Tlaxcala and made an embargo on them prohibiting to have salt, they saw in the spaniards their opportunity to take revenge in those cruel Aztecs, and therefore helped the Spanish to conquer Tenochtitlan, thus finishing the cruelty and human sacrifices of the Aztecs, who required constantly virgin girls from the indian territoies conquered that they subyugated and abused before killing them during the pagan practices of their religion.
Even today, the Tlaxcala people are very grateful to the Spaniards. In the tourist office, knowing that I was from Spain, gave me a lot of gifts, including CD with traditional music and invited me to a festival that night.
The herb of Tlaxcala has the letters I K F, that correspond to Isabel, the Catholic Queen, and Fernando of Aragon, the Catholic Kings of Spain and Karlos V (Carlos I of Spain and V from Germany).
The whole city of Tlaxcala is wonderful and people very friendly. In the tourist office they will help you a lot. They love tourists.
If you are in Puebla or Mexico DF, do not miss Tlaxcala!
When Hernan Cortes arrived to Tlaxcala, there was war, but afterwards there was peace and friendship. Nevertheless, during tha attack to Tenochtitlan, Cortes ordered to hang Xicohténcatl Axayacatzin, accused of betrayal, although that was never confirmed. He, Xicohténcatl Axayacatzin, left the country of battle, it seems to look for food or some other reason but not because he betrayed Cortes, but anyway was killed. A pity.
Today Xicohténcatl Axayacatzin is a heroe in Tlaxcala.
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