Main Square of Mérida

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What today is the historical downtown of the most important city of the municipality of Mérida, was the pre-Hispanic settlement of the Itzá Mayan tribe, known by the names: Ichcaansihó (among the tall shioes trees, or the face of the birth of the sky) and T-hó (five mountains), this is a name with a popular origin, because of the ceremonial centers built upon such artificial promontories. This population was established towards the 12th century; it was in ruins upon the arrival of the Spaniards.

The abandonment and loneliness of the place encouraged the Spaniards to peacefully take over those archeological remains, whose greatness and beauty reminded them of the Roman Mérida ruins in their homeland. This was the name given to the urban settlement established on January 6, 1542, by the lieutenant governor Gobernador Francisco de Montejo y León, son of the adelantado of the same name.


Calle 60 S/N, esquina con 61 y 63, Col. Merida Centro, C.P. 97000, Mérida, Yucatán