Merida White Weathered Door Mexico

Wandering through Merida’s Colonial Centro: A Photo Essay

Merida, the capital of Mexico's Yucatan, is famed for being a cultured, vibrant colonial city. Founded in 1542 by the Spanish, the city has a ton of history and amazing 18th century architecture. It's also a stone's throw from the port and beaches of Progreso and Celestun, the lovely yellow city of Izamal and the Mayan ruins of Dzibilchaltún and Uxmal. Come along with me as I take a photo journey through Merida's Santiago neighborhood in the old Centro area of the city...
Izamal Yellow City by Calesa Colonial houses

In Mexico The Past is Never Dead: The Yellow City of Izamal

Izamal's colonial center, painted a sunny ochre-yellow, is impressive. In this small town in Mexico, the Franciscan convent San Antonio de Padua claims the largest atrium in the Americas (only the Vatacan is said to be larger). San Antonio de Padua was visited by the Pope in 1993, and countless numbers have walked under its archways overlooking the city plaza since it was built in 1553.

But underneath all of that history is something even older...