Know Merida Historic Center
The city of Merida is awash in unforgettable corners that reveal the history of Yucatan through the architecture of its mansions and buildings, many of which have been converted into museums, historic monuments; government buildings, and as such reveal much in its walls and interior spaces.
And so one of the better ways to know the city is visiting these places, most of which are located in the Historic Center. Knowing this, the State Government, through the Center for Tourist Information offers visitors a guided tour of the principal sites located in the heart of the city Included in this tour are the Municipal Palace; the Main Square (Zocalo), Montejo House, Ateneo Peninsular, Palacio de Gobierno, the Cathedral of San Ildedonso, Pasaje de la Revolucion, and the Museum of the City.
In each of these places, visitors can learn about the historic eras through which the city lived, as well as the distinct architectural styles of each of the principal buildings.
El Palacio Municipal.
Constructed in 1743, during the administration of Don Santiago Aguirre; this building has undergone various modifications to its structure. It preserves, however, its colonial architectural style. In the lower level one finds several restaurants featuring local cuisine and shops selling handicrafts.
For, more than three centuries this plaza served as a recreational space for bullfights, fiestas, and festivals. It was only in 1915 that the first esplanades next to the S-shaped seats, seen today were installed.
Casa de Montejo.
The residence belonged to the Adelantado Francisco de Montejo, but his son, better known as El Mozo, is who built what would become the residence of the conquistadores in 1549. Of the original design, only the façade remains, which is sculpted in stone and in the Plateresque style, this building being one of the most important examples of this style in the nation.
Built between 1573 and 1579, this building functioned as the residence of the bishops of Yucatan for 340 years. It was in 1994 when the property, belonging to the State Government, was converted into the Museum of Contemporary Art (MACAY).
Palacio de Gobierno.
Built between 1883 and 1892 as the residence of the Governor and General Captain of Yucatan, this structure reflects Neo-Classical architecture, as well as grand murals by the famous Yucatecan illustrator, Fernando Castro Pacheco.
Catedral de San Ildefonso.
In 1561, at the request of King Philip II, construction of the cathedral began. It took 37 years to complete. Its style is varied; its towers and interior are consistent with Moorish style, but its façade is Renaissance. This contrast alludes to the great history contained in its walls.
Pasaje de la Revolución.
In 1916, by order of General Salvador Alvarado, two chapels south of the cathedral, part of the Episcopal Palace and the ancient San Ildefonso Seminary, were demolished, making the current thoroughfare known as the Pasaje de la Revolucion.
Museo de la Ciudad.
Inaugurated in 1908 as the Federal Palace of the Postal Office, this building is evidence of the economic boom in the city at the beginning of the twentieth century. It was in June 2007 that the building became the Museum of the City.hat would become the residence of the conquistadores in 1549. Of the original design, only the façade remains, which is sculpted in stone and in the Plateresque style, this building being one of the most important examples of this style in the nation.