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Centro Histórico de Mérida

14 january 2020
8 min. de lectura

Centro Histórico de Mérida

The beautiful Historic Center of Mérida is one of the largest in our country. Here you can find many buildings that were built during the colonial era.



Palacio de Gobierno

Let's start with the Plaza Grande. On the north side of this plaza, you will find the Government Palace, where the Executive Branch of our State is located. Don't miss the murals by the distinguished painter Fernando Castro Pacheco, where you can see chronicles of the history of Yucatán.



Catedral de San Ildefonso

The Cathedral of San Ildefonso, on the east side of the plaza, is considered the oldest in America built on dry land. Its construction, based on the stones that made up the pyramids of the ancient city of T'hó, began in 1561 and only the first stage was completed in 1598. Here is the most important religious icon of Mérida: a replica of Christ of the Blisters, so called because during the revolutionary movement of 1915, after setting fire to the Cathedral, they noticed that Christ had blisters after the fire, which they attributed as a miracle and he began to be known under this name.



Casa de Montejo

The Casa de Montejo, on the south side of this plaza, is the oldest in Yucatán, and is considered National Heritage. It was the residence of Don Francisco de Montejo “El Adelantado”. Visit this house museum starting at 10 am, admission is free.



Palacio Municipal

Another of the oldest buildings in the city is the Municipal Palace, on the west side of the square. Here you can observe the murals of the Mayan cosmogony and enter the council hall on the upper floor. On the outside, on the façade you can see the national coat of arms, and on the tower, a clock and the coat of arms of Mérida.

The Historic Center continues to the Barrio de Santa Lucía, passing by the Pasaje Picheta (old Town Hall), the Sheriff's House, the Olimpo Cultural Center, the former convent of Nuns, the Fernando García Ponce–MACAY Museum, the Passage of the Revolution , the Daniel Ayala Theater, the Cepeda Peraza Park, the Juan Gamboa Guzmán Pinacoteca, the Third Order Church, the Mother Park, the Peón Contreras Theater, the Autonomous University of Yucatán, the Armando Manzanero Theater, the Felipe Carrillo Theater Puerto, the Fantasia Theater; as well as the neighborhoods of Santiago, San Juan, Santa Ana, La Ermita, La Mejorada, San Sebastián and San Cristóbal.





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Alicia Navarrete

Author: Alicia Navarrete

Communicologist born circumstantially in México City, but who says “uay” since 1985. Life has allowed me to see the world, which in turn has allowed me to discover how much I love the place where I live

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