the capital of the state of Yucatán has a rich
Mayan and colonial history. Mérida
has a Centro Histórico typical of colonial
Spanish cities, and modern urban sprawl
spreading to the northern coast and inland
through former agave fields.
has the largest concentration of indigenous people of any
place in Mexico.
The city's focal point, the Plaza de la Independencia,
is bordered by the Mérida
colonial-era church built from remnants of Mayan temples.
Mérida has one of the largest centro
in the Americas. Colonial homes in various states of disrepair
and renovation line the city streets to this day.
historical center of Mérida is currently undergoing a minor
renaissance as more and more people are moving into the old
buildings and reviving their former glory.
The New Merida City
Museum is housed in a former mansion.
Artwork at the City Museum
demonstrates the economic and cultural history of the area.
The Governor's Palace on Plaza Grande
showcases the grandeur of 19th Century Mérida.
The walls of the Governor's Palace are
covered with 31 murals by Fernando Castro Pacheco depicting
important events in Yucatan's history.
The style of
Victorian Mexican life can be viewed at Casa Montejo. At the turn of the 20th century, Mérida
housed the most millionaires in the world.
of wealth can be seen in the homes along Paseo de Montejo
which have now been converted to banks, museums, restaurants
or guest houses.
The Arco de San Juan is one of three
colonial arches that demarcate old Merida.
The Motherhood statue in Parque
Maternidad anchors an artisans' plaza.
A sculpture garden at the Pasaje de la
Revolucion marks the entrance to the Museum of Modern
The Church of Jesus
or the Church of the Third Order was built by the
Jesuits in 1618.
The Casa de Montejo,
a 16th Century mansion, is a landmark of colonial
The Museum of the Mayan
World is architecturally stunning and conveys valuable
information about Mayan cultural identity and achievements.
Displays include numerous
artifacts and reproductions of important Mayan sites.
Yucatán food is distinct
from the recognized Mexican cuisine, influenced by Mayan,
Caribbean, European and Middle Eastern flavours.
These were the ladies
preparing the fresh tortillas in our favourite restaurant,
is home to a Church of Latter Day Saints Temple.
There are regular
performances of traditional Yucatán music and dance,
considered an important part of everyday life.
We were fortunate to be
there during La Noche Blanca festival, which featured street concerts
by the philharmonic orchestra, rock and jazz bands, the
ballet, and various theatre troupes.
With 8 museums, 6 cultural centers, and
multiple galleries, Mérida
is recognized as a center of art and culture.