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Merida, the capital of Yucatan, is located in the heart of the Yucatan Peninsula and is a beautiful mix between old and new. Founded by Spanish invaders in the 16th century, more than a million people who live in the city still call themselves Yucatan. Yes, those of the bright Mayan race are proud of their heritage. Their pride is still evident in their rightly called White City city, not only because white limestone is used for their building materials, but also because of the city’s cleanliness. Isolated from the outside world until the mid-twentieth century, the people of Merida maintained their culture and traditions, giving them a distinctive and distinctive modern society. There are many attractions to see in Merida, Mexico.
Cultural and heritage sites
Don’t miss the Regional Museum of Anthropology and History where you can enjoy original stone and copper sculptures from the Mayan ruins. For those interested in the Mayan civilization, a trip to the Mayan ruins in Mayapan and the Uxmal Ruins is highly recommended and located in Calle 65, Merida City Museum. Exhibits describe the earliest known facts of Merida as the Mayan city called Toho, during the period of the Spanish conquest, then in the golden years of chicken spots, and finally in Merida today. Paseo de Montejo Boulevard has some of the most picturesque and impressive colonial homes in Merida. The street, inspired by its Parisian counterpart, is full of attractive shops and restaurants of the ancient world. These places are attractions to see in Merida, Mexico.
Haciendas and Palacios
Hacienda Yaxcopoil, built in the seventeenth century, is a farm parallel to North American farms in the south. This Yucatan farm was preserved mainly but not restored like Hacienda Sotuta de Peon. Said Hacienda has flourished for 100 years. Architecture enthusiasts will find Palacio Montejo, an impressive example of Spanish colonial architecture. The Montego Merida family was founded in 1549. The Palacio municipality, or town hall, deserves a visit as it was built in the 18th century. Palacio de Govierno has about 27 life-size murals. The frescoes illustrate the seemingly bloody and violent history of Yucatan.
Other points of interest
Plaza is the heart of Merida. From this point, you can see the cathedral, the city hall and the governor’s palace. Enjoy buggy rides in the heart of Merida. San Ildefonso Cathedral is a must-visit attraction in Merida, Mexico. The majestic church was built in 1561 and is the oldest cathedral on this side of the world. The murals inside the temple illustrate the meeting between the Mayan king Tuttle Xiu and Francisco Montijo.
Merida residents form a large family. They are warm and hospitable. Besides the attractions to see in Merida, the discovery of people, food, culture and traditions in the city are attractions in and of themselves.