San José Eknakan is a former hacienda that was founded in the 18th century as a cattle station under the jurisdiction of the town of Homún. In 1790 its owner was Don Gregorio Antonio Pastrana, an important Yucatecan landowner. At the end of the 19th century, the hacienda was owned by Ricardo Molina Solís, brother of the then governor and landowner Olegario Molina Solís, so the hacienda is among those that belonged to the richest and most influential agro-export family of that time.
Currently, the infrastructure of the hacienda is in ruins, and only its church remains standing, which is the main attraction of the town. It is a Neo-Gothic style building from the beginning of the 20th century. In those years, the henequen boom brought wealth to many landowners, who reflected it in imposing buildings that modernized their properties. The style of the building responds to a neo-Gothic fever of the 19th and 20th centuries that was experienced in Europe, and that reached many parts of the world. Back then Yucatan was an economic power, so European fashions were the model for many aristocrats, and this is reflected in Eknakán.
In the facade of the temple there are three access arches that lead to the main entrance, as well as the choir window, all of them in the form of an ogival arch. The arches of the entrance and the window are flanked by two columns whose upper part is triangular in shape. An old clock is placed on them, which is also escorted by two columns similar to the previous ones, but smaller.
At the top is the bell tower topped with a pinnacle. The harmony and shape of all the elements described are intended to visually stylize the building, giving the impression of reaching the sky.
Inside the chapel you can see a small wooden altarpiece, with neo-Gothic intentions, and also from the 19th century.
This altarpiece contains the image of San José, patron saint of the hacienda, and the image of Nuestra Señora de la Soledad, of widespread local devotion. Consistent with its architectural style and to favor natural lighting, this church has numerous windows decorated with stained glass.
The Hacienda that gave rise to the church as well as to the community, was made up of a main house, the farmhouse or villa where the peons lived, the machine house and the stables, to name the most important.