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Merida Sights and Landmarks Guide, Mexico

Merida is a lively Mexican city where there are a number of stunning sights and places to see. The sights have a tremendous significance in the history and culture of Merida.

 The places that you must see to capture a piece of this history and culture are the following: The Zocalo, Palacio Municipal, Nuevo Olimpo, Progreso, Izamal, Kabah, the Palacio Montejo Sayil, Bishop's Palace, Labna, Catedral de San Ildefonso and Dzilbilchaltun. 

Here is a little bit about a few! 

The Zocalo: This is the main center square of the city and it is commonly referred to as the Plaza mayor. Plaza Mayor is a key point of Merida where the history of the city begins. It is also a great starting place to get to various other sites in the city such as museums and national monuments. 

The Palacio Montejo: Just look to the south while in the Zocalo and you will find this Palace.  It was originally constructed by Junior Francisco Montejo in the year 1552. The Montejo Palace was later converted into a bank and has a unique architecture which deserves a view.  You can take a short tour of the Palacio Montejo to learn about its history and importance in the city of Merida. 

Catedral de San Ildefonso: this is the first Cathedral on the American continents which was constructed from 1561 to 1598. It was built in a typical Spanish style of architecture. The stones that constructed this cathedral were taken from the city of Tiho.  The city of Tiho was the location of Merida before it was taken over and renamed. You can find this Cathedral east from the Zocalo. 

Bishops Palace: You can then venture on over to Bishops Place which houses the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Atenio de Yucatan.  Yucatan province is an extremely important region in Mexico and therefore, the art here is a reflection of the beauty and the exquisite culture of those on the Yucatan.  Palacio Municipal: On the west side of Zocalo you will find the Palacio municipal.   Just like the main cathedral, this too was built from the stone from of Tiho city. Over the years, it fell apart but there was a remodeling period in 1735 when it was possible to restore the building.  Later in 1928, there was a complete revamping of the building because of further construction problems.  Next to the Palacio Municipal you can find the New Olympus which actually happens to be the newest edifice in the Zocalo area.  Here you fill find various trendy cafés, theatrical performances and gift shops.

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