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Tuneles Pasaje Historico 5 de Mayo Ciudad de Puebla

El The Historic Passage 5 de Mayo is a tunnel with a distance of 477 meters, has an approximate age of three and a half centuries, since it is estimated that it could date from the second half of the seventeenth century.

It ascends from the Xanenetla neighborhood to the vicinity of the Fort of Loreto and Guadalupe.

There are indications that this is only one section of what could be a subway network of between 10 and 12 kilometers, according to a hypothetical plan by historian and journalist Enrique Cordero (1965).

Although the reason for which this structure was built is still unknown, it is considered as one of its possible uses, the combat strategy for the defense of the city of Puebla in the Battle of May 5th in 1862 against the French army. 

The tunnel has lighting and audiovisual resources that allow you to learn about its history. You will discover the relationship with the Los Fuertes (Fortes) area and the barracks of General Ignacio Zaragoza in San José, which is believed to have been fundamental for the Battle of May 5, 1862

Spaces like this one were originally used to extract the materials used in the construction of the buildings that today make Puebla a World Heritage City.

Sometimes walked by monks, sometimes by soldiers, imagine how they were used to defend the city, General Zaragoza's Cavalry, the artillery of the Army of the East and the men of the neighboring Rural Barracks, running through here.

The cavalry passed through the widest and highest stretches on its way to the battlefield, the trenches and the Forts of Loreto and Guadalupe.

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The tunnel is wide and well ventilated. It does not produce claustrophobia and also has several exits during the tour divided into 6 sections. It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes because there are parts of dirt and dust.

Stop for a moment and think of the heroes who passed through here, anonymous Mexicans who, next to their rifles, carried the pride of the homeland, the day in which the national arms have covered themselves with glory. 

El The Historical passage 5 de mayo was discovered in the year 2011 when work was being carried out for the construction of the depressed crossing on 5 de mayo boulevard and a part of the vault was accidentally fractured and confused with the an old drainage system.

In 2012 began with the research project and the rescue of the bóvedaA fracture can be seen in the upper part of the vault, which was made to the structure to enter the tunnel for the first time, this is where the rescue project begins, which was done by hand, without any machine, only with picks, shovels and buckets.

The tunnel opened to the public on February 20, 2016 and only 80 meters were covered; but in a span of 4 months 67 more meters were rescued so that a route of 147 meters will be completed. 

In January 24, 2017 the second stage of the tunnel was inaugurated , which consists of of 330 meters; so that visitors now make a total tour of 477 meters. 

A few meters from the Barrio de Xanenetla is the entrance to the Pasaje on Blvd 5 de Mayo between 2 and 4 Norte.

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Where the 5 de Mayo Historic Passage is Located

Address: Lago de la Concordia, Barrio de Xanenetla, 72290 Puebla, Pue.

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