Casa de Montejo
One of the nicest plazas in Mexico, huge laurel trees shade the park’s benches and wide sidewalks. It was the religious and social...
Historic Center Tours
The city tourist office runs free guided walking tours of the historic center departing daily from the Palacio Municipal. You can also...
Originally built in 1542, Mérida’s Palacio Municipal was twice refurbished, in the 1730s and the 1850s.
Centro Cultural Olimpo
Offers something nearly every night: films, concerts, art installations, you name it.
For good, cheap breakfasts, try a selection of panes dulce (sweet rolls and breads) from Panificadora Montejo on the corner of the...
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Casa de Montejo information
Casa de Montejo is on the south side of the Plaza Grande and dates from 1549. It originally housed soldiers but was soon converted into a mansion that served members of the Montejo family until 1970. Today it houses a bank and museum with a permanent exhibition of renovated Victorian, neorococo and neorenaissance furnishings of the historic building.
Outside, take a close look at the facade, where triumphant conquistadors with halberds stand on the heads of generic barbarians (though they’re not Maya, the association is inescapable). Typical of the symbolism in colonial statuary, the vanquished are rendered much smaller than the victors; works on various churches throughout the region feature big priests towering over or in front of small indigenous people. Also gazing across the plaza from the facade are busts of Montejo the Elder, his wife and his daughter.