Monday, January 6, 2014
The White City is 472
Mérida, Yucatán -
The Yuctecan capital claims Jan. 6, 1542 as its birthday. The city is synonymous with its magnificent San Ildefonso cathedral, the construction of which began in 1561. Stones for the project were pilfered from Mayan ruins throughout the state. Historians may argue over whether Ildefonso is the oldest or the second oldest Catholic house of worship in the Americas, but there can be no quarrel over the spell it casts on every visitor. Presenting unique façades in shifting light, Ildefonso has a changing yet constant face. It's impossible to get too much of this architectural masterpiece, or not to be awed by the five centuries of history which have passed its massive portalón. Meridians are lucky to have it.
Monument to the Flag, Paseo de Montejo
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