Most people visit the Santo Domingo Church and the Rosary Chapel—once considered the eighth wonder of the world—as part of a wider exploration of Puebla’s historic center, combining them with stops at the nearby zócalo (central plaza) and Biblioteca Palafoxiana (Palafoxiana Library).
Visitors based in Mexico City can also experience one of Puebla’s most ornate churches on a full-day tour. Private and shared options are typically available, and most excursions include a stop in nearby Cholula, as well as convenient round-trip transportation.
Things to Know Before You Go
Even visitors who typically skip churches should stop by the Santo Domingo Church to admire the elaborate Capilla del Rosario.
There’s no fee to enter but viewing and visiting times can be limited.
There’s no official dress code but you should cover your knees and shoulders before entering.
Santo Domingo Church is fully wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
Santo Domingo Church is conveniently situated in downtown Puebla, just three blocks from the zócalo (main square). As such, most visitors find it easiest to arrive on foot, especially as it can be tricky to park nearby. Many Puebla city tours also pass by the church and typically include round-trip transportation.
When to Get There
The Santo Domingo Church is typically open daily from the mid-morning until the late evening, although it is often closed to visitors in the mid-afternoon. Mondays tend to have more limited opening times than the rest of the week and weekends are typically the best times to visit, although crowds may be larger than midweek.
Churches in Puebla
Puebla has lots of churches for eager visitors to explore but it can be tricky knowing which ones are worth a visit. After the Santo Domingo Church, make time to stop by the Puebla Cathedral, which is situated on the zócalo, before heading to the Ex-Convento de Santa Monica. This former convent has an elaborately tiled kitchen and is said to be the birthplace of chiles en nogada, a popular Pueblan specialty.