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City of Mérida

THE WHITE CITY

Mérida has it all: gastronomy, history, romantic music, troubadours, warm weather and architectural gems such as La Plaza de la Constitución, the Cathedral of San Ildefonso or La Plaza Mayor; without forgetting the elegant Paseo Montejo, the Centenario Park and many more surprises that you can discover by breathing the serene air of this majestic city

¿Qué Visitar?

What to Visit?

  • Plaza Grande (Main Square) This has been the town’s heart since its very foundation.
  • Merida Cathedral The King of Spain Felipe II ordered its construction 19 years after the foundation of Merida, and the temple was concluded until 1598.
  • Montejo’s House One of the richest mansions built during the colonial era in whole Mexico.
  • Cantón Palace Built in the early twentieth century, this beautiful building currently houses the Regional Anthropology Museum.
  • Yucatan Songs Museum It is located in a beautiful mansion of the Porfirian era (1880-1910), and its central patio has been conditioned as concert hall.
  • Dzibilchaltún Archaeological Site Ancient Maya village inhabited since 500 B.C. until the end of the colonial era in Mexico (1810-1821). It is especially remarkable the "Temple of the Seven Dolls," named thus because of the seven clay figures found among its ruins.
  • José Peón Contreras Theater This is the most important theater in Yucatan, and it houses also art galleries.
  • Centenarian Zoo Guided tours are organized every day, both in boat or train.
¿Qué hacer?

What to do?

  • Carnival Celebrated as in the rest of the world in February and March, just before Lent. This carnival also includes artistic and cultural performances, popular music and dances, traditional cuisine and an open-air pagan festivity with float parades.
  • Festivity of the Christ of the Blisters It takes place from September 27th until mid-October. A massive religious procession is organized around the Main Square.
Comida Típica

Typical Food

  • Cochinita Pibil Pork meat seasoned with achiote (a spicy local sauce) and slowly roasted in a ground oven.
  • Pipian sauce A kind of mole sauce but its main ingredient is pumpkin seeds. This delicious sauce is also served on top of pork or chicken meat with rice.
  • Papadzules Tacos stuffed with hard-bolied eggs.
  • Poc Chuc Pork meat marinated with sour orange juice.
  • Ticuleño Chicken Chicken meat roasted with banana leaves.
  • Queso Relleno (Stuffed Cheese) Dutch cheese stuffed with spicy ground beef, and covered with a delicious white sauce.
  • Xtabentún Alcoholic beverage distilled from the flower’s nectar of the same name.
¿Qué Saber?

What to Know?

  • Merida was founded on January 6th, 1542, by Francisco de Montejo "the Youth."
  • This town is also known as "the White City" due to the limestone that was mainly used during the colonial era to build its mansions, churches and palaces.
  • It was designed as a walled city, and many of the ancient gates are still intact.
  • Merida holds the second largest Historic Downtown in whole Mexico, only after the one in Mexico City.
  • Renowned Individuals:
  • Andrés Quintana Roo (1787 – 1857) Writer and leader of the Insurgent Army that fought against the Spanish Crown during the Independence War (1810-1821).
  • José Peón Contreras (1843 – 1907) Doctor, poet and playwright.
  • Augusto Cárdenas Pinelo (1905 – 1932) Composer and famous representative of the so-called Trova Yucateca.

Popular Craft

  • Traditional local garments, such as guayaberas and huipiles
  • Hammocks
  • Carved Wood
  • Ceramics
  • Jewelry
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