Merida is the capital city of the Mexican state of Yucatan. Although this peninsula is famous for its resort, this city is Yucatan epicenter of history, culture, and Mayan pride. Here are the top must-see attractions in Merida, Yucatan.
Plaza Grande is at the heart of the city. It is a relaxed square surrounded by some of the most beautiful buildings in the city. Many of these buildings were built from the stones of the Mayan temples which were once here.
Casa de Montejo
Casa de Montejo is the oldest building in Merida; it was built by the founding Conquistador of the city. Step inside the lavish interiors and shady courtyards of this residence which has been the Montejo dynasty’s home for more than four centuries.
The Merida Cathedral is just across the square. Its altarpiece symbolizes the reconciliation between the Spanish and Maya people.
Contemporary Art Museum
At the Contemporary Art Museum, you will get to discover modern sculptures which display works by some of the most thought-provoking and popular artists of this region.
Radiating from this place are pastel streets filled with cool parks and architectural treasures. Hidalgo Park is just a block away. It is an oasis surrounded by charming hotels, restaurants, and cafes.
The Jose Peon Contreas Theatre
The Jose Peon Contreas Theatre is home to the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra. Yucatan was the center of henequen production in the late 1800s and Merida fast became one of the wealthiest cities in the world.
Pasa de Montejo
This avenue was inspired by Paris great boulevards and you will find many stately homes of Yucatan’s elites here. You can also visit the Casa Montes Molina, a preserved mansion where you can experience the patinas and scents of a bygone era.
The Museum of the City of Merida
This city is filled with windows into the past such as its various museums which covers everything from the folk arts of Mexico to the Yucatan song. The Museum of the City of Merida charts the turbulent and rich history of this city. Once the residence a former general and governor, Palacio Canton is today home to the Yucatan Anthropology and History Museum.
The Great Museum of the Mayan World
This museum creates a striking contrast to the historic streetscapes of Merida. This building was inspired by the ceiba tree form which the Maya believed was a bridge to the underworld and heavens. The collections inside are the ideal gateway to civilization which has since captured the imaginations of anthropologists and explorers. One of such adventurers was Frederick Catherwood, an Englishman.