Mérida: the architectural jewel of the peninsula

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Mérida: the architectural jewel of the peninsula
Source: Yucatán Turismo
September 15, 2022

In the Yucatecan capital it is possible to find a delicious gastronomic offer, along with extraordinary museums and beautiful gardens

Over time, the white Mérida has been characterized as a beautiful city, which has housed culture, history and impressive architecture in its interior, which fuses the remains of the Mayan world with the limestone of the mansions designed by the Spanish. even after the conquest, some stories say that the Yucatecan capital received its name in honor of the memory of the homonymous city in Spain with which it shares the similarity of being built in white materials that sparkle in the sun. 

In Mérida it is possible to find a delicious gastronomic offer, along with extraordinary museums and beautiful gardens that adorn this magical city that has managed to endure over time with its colonial beauty and its new avant-garde touches of a cosmopolitan entity, without a doubt, Those who visit Mérida will be able to enjoy and appreciate the architecture of large houses with influences of European architecture.

Located on the emblematic Paseo de Montejo, there are two beautiful buildings that attract the attention of all those who pass through this area, known as the Twin Houses, they have become one of the most representative tourist icons of Mérida due to their great architectural design .

Inside one of them, known as Montejo 495 House Museum, there is a space where it is possible to appreciate the luxury with which the great families of henequen landowners lived in Yucatan. Throughout its 110 years of life, the mansion was home to the Cámara Zavala brothers, who had it designed by the talented French architect Gustave Umbdenstock. Later, in 1964, it would be acquired by the Barbachano Herrero family, who preserve it. to this day.

To visit its rooms is to travel to the splendid past of Yucatan, moving to those years of "green gold" (as henequen was called) and falling in love with its eclectic architecture and beautiful interiors reminiscent of French palaces. In its decoration, many original pieces of the time are preserved, making this a unique space in the entity. 

Not far from there is El Minaret, a mansion also located on Paseo de Montejo, built in 1908 by the Medina Ayora brothers, its nineteenth-century neoclassical style makes it one of the buildings that keep the beauty of the city alive. colonial era of the state of Yucatan.

The Minaret has gone through remodeling processes that have not affected its essence or its beauty, since its precious finishes have been preserved. Although this site has functioned as administrative offices for important corporations, today it has opened its doors as one of the best options for special events in Blanca Mérida, adorning each meeting and giving it a special touch, since by keeping its essence intact, it transports those who visit it on a trip to the past, when the henequen industry predominated in the entity.

Just a few minutes from Paseo de Montejo, is El Pinar, a mansion that today continues to reflect the wealth generated by the cultivation and export of henequen in Yucatan. This majestic property keeps many mysteries around its origin, because although little is known about its history, it is believed that it was built in 1915, inspired by the French Renaissance and under the influence of the Porfiriato, the beauty of its extensive gardens with fountains, Its excellent state of conservation, as well as the stories that surround it, have made it one of the most famous mansions in Mérida.

It is said that this mansion was the home of a young couple from Portugal who were dedicated to the henequen industry and that their life was surrounded by love and death, the stories say that one night the woman fell seriously ill and in total despair, after having exhausted his hopes, the husband had no choice but to lock his wife in one of the rooms of the mansion until his death and after being widowed, the man left the house to return to his country of origin without anyone ever knowing about him . 

Last but not least, let's talk about the Quinta Montes Molina, a representative construction of the Porfirian era that seduces with its eclectic architecture of neoclassical trend, beautiful gardens and terraces, as well as with its fruit trees and beautiful flowers. Montes Molina Museum.

In this place it is possible to admire European furniture, Carrara marble floors, precious Baccarat and Murano glass chandeliers, antique clocks, Art Deco pieces, porcelain and alabaster sculptures as well as the family's crockery and all kinds of furniture, ornaments that date back to its heyday. 

The rooms and bathrooms preserve the elegance and European taste, it is said that the construction dates back to 1902; however, it would not be until 1915 that this magnificent mansion would pass into the hands of the Montes Molina family, who throughout four generations have preserved every original detail of the time.

As you can see, those who visit Yucatan fall in love with every corner and will undoubtedly be transported back in time to the golden age of the state. 

As well as these mansions, there are other extraordinary haciendas that continue to be a living example of the beauty of Yucatan. On your next visit, organize a trip full of culture, history and beauty, rely on yucatan.travel's trip planner and let yourself be seduced by each of its attractions, remember that there are more than 365 activities to do in the entity, in addition to you can add unparalleled gastronomic experiences to your tour, enjoy the 365 flavors of Yucatan and spice up your trip. 


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