Merida, “the white city” is distinguished by being quiet and friendly and having hospitable inhabitants. Merida Historical Center is the ideal place for people to want to spend holidays in a relaxed atmosphere and a warmer climate”. Merida was founded on January 6, 1542, and built upon the Mayan city of Toh.
We recommend you start your visit in the City in the Zocalo, commonly called by the Yucatecans as “Plaza Grande”, here you will find many of the main buildings of the city.
Palacio de Gobierno (The Government House)
Was built as a home for reigning governors and heads of the state of Yucatan. Inside, you’ll find the history of Yucatan rafters of 27 paintings by Fernando Castro Pacheco Yucatan, also you may find them within the tourist information offices.
Municipal Palace, the offices are H. City Council of Merida.
Olimpo Cultural Center
With a capacity of 300 people this cultural center offers a variety of shows, it also has a video room with capacity of 98 people, and the planetarium, on the bottom level is a library and a cafeteria.
This area has a great atmosphere where you can find anything from restaurants, craft shops, traditional clothing to Yucatan chive cafes, as well as the weekends there are Yucatecan musical trios which will delight you.
Casa de Francisco de Montejo.
It is considered “the most valuable plateresco jewel that we have in civil architecture”. This was the home of the founder of the city and has a plaque with an inscription of the year 1549.
Cathedral of San Ildefonso
Ss a Renaissance style architecture and towers exceeding 40 meters, it is the oldest cathedral of Central America. It has a dome adorned with bows and it still retains an old clock that served to give time to the meridians.
We encourage you to continue your visit on 60th Street where you will find restaurants, craft shops, traditional clothing, hotels and other buildings with great architectural value.