Paseo de Montejo … A carriage ride through the history of Mérida

The late nineteenth and early twentieth century was a time of splendor and economic prosperity in Yucatan due to global boom in demand for sisal, the so-called “green gold of Yucatan”. Many landowners and merchants amassed huge fortunes and built s, in Mérida, beautiful palaces and mansions, many of which remain as architectural legacy of the city, this is especially noticeable in the Paseo de Montejo.

The elegant tree-lined Paseo de Montejo is the main avenue of the city, but was once an exclusively residential area in recent years has become a cosmopolitan place where many of the historic mansions have been converted into restaurants, nightclubs, boutique hotels, shops and museums, hereby it has lost none of its former beauty; is a place where there is always something to do

Located northeast of the central plaza was conceived in 1888 when a representative group formed by the wealthy landowners, merchants, manufacturers and exporters, had a public initiative to build an avenue up to the most beautiful in the world. It was February 5 that it was laid the first stone at the junction 7th North and 2nd Street East, in the presence of civilian and military authorities. Was completed in 1904 and in 1926, due to growth of the city it was extended to the monument to Motherland.

In the Paseo de Montejo is the Regional Museum of Anthropology in Mérida, in the Canton Palace, one of the most beautiful mansions in the Avenue, a building of eclectic architecture, classical, neoclassical and French Baroque details . It was built in the late Porfiriato by General Francisco Canton, governor of Yucatán, who lived in it until his death. The construction was directed by the architect and engineer Yucatan Manuel G. Canton Ramos, and the design was by the Italian architect Enrico Deserti.

Another representative houses is the famous Quinta Montes Molina, eclectic architecture with neoclassical trend, furniture retains the different eras through which has passed, and it can find many details that help us better understand the customs houses families ancestry of Merida in the early twentieth century.

On Sundays, the Paseo de Montejo is closed to traffic for cyclists and a lively art market that is set along the avenue, just south of Avenida Cupules.

On a cool evening you can enjoy a tour aboard traditional calenders gigs or know the most emblematic places of the city. After visiting the colonial structures including La Casa de Montejo, the Government Palace, City Hall and the main avenue of the city, Paseo de Montejo enjoy dinner at Pancho’s Restaurant, an ideal place to take a refreshing drink And enjoy a delicious dinner at any of the 3 environments, indoors, under a beautiful vegetation or moonlight with a fantastic view of the city churches. More Info Facebook Colón Avenue 508-C García Ginerés, Mérida Telephone 01 999 9200104

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