Live the history of Yucatan
Admiring its ancient architecture
Travelling through Yucatan means discovering new lands full of history, tasting unique flavors, and admiring colonial buildings of ancient times. If you dare to live this adventure in Mexico, prepare to fall in love with its kind people and to hear the sound of the revelry with its unique chords in each town of Yucatan.
All of these beautiful towns have a place where people express their solemnity and faith: a church; these buildings have been present throughout Yucatecan history, being the center of many important moments: that’s why we want to take you through the beauty of five amazing churches in Yucatan.
1.- San Servacio at Valladolid
It is located in the Francisco Canton Park, right in the center of this Pueblo Mágico. Its construction began in 1543 and was originally erected to honor Our Lady of Assumption, however, with the arrival of the Spaniards, St. Servatius was imposed as patron of the Church. In 1705, it was demolished due to an event which is known as “The Crime of Mayors”; after rebuilding the whole structure a few years later, its facade was redirected towards the north as punishment of this crime, making this church, the only one in Valladolid with this peculiarity.
2.- Ex-convent Of Santo Domingo in Uayma
The church of Santo Domingo is one of the most beautiful places you’ll find in your journey through Yucatan. It was built using the stones of ancient archaeological cities in the year of 1646 , however during the historic Caste War it was destroyed. It was until 1891 when it was built again, being completely rebuilt until 2005.
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3.- Parrish and Ex-Convent Of San Francisco de Asís in Umán
This is one of the most impressive churches of Yucatan: its thick walls and its huge dome were built in the eighteenth century by Franciscan friars.
Most part of its history is unknown, however, it’s a must while you travel through Yucatan. The town of Uman is 30 minutes from Merida City, making it an easy location for a quick stop.
4.- San Ildefonso Cathedral in Mérida
This is one of the oldest churches in Mexico and it was built between 1562 and 1599 by the orders of Pope IV and the King Philip II, using influences of Moorish and Renaissance style. Within the building can be found several chapels such as Chapel of St. Joseph, The Rosary and the Christ of the Blisters.
Merida Cathedral was considered a great treasure of ancient sacred art. All this changed on September 24th, 1915, in what many inhabitants consider a shameful passage in the history of Yucatan. In this event the altarpieces and images that were a part of the Yucatecan heritage were destroyed. The damage caused in the chapel of the Shrine Divine Master and St. John of God led to the demolition of the sacristy and the chapel of San José in order to create the “Passage of the Revolution” that exists today.
5.- Convent of San Antonio de Padua in Izamal.
Izamal, Yucatán has one of the most beautiful religious buildings in Mexico: the former Convent of San Antonio de Padua. The construction of this amazing gem of ancient architecture began in 1549 and was in charge of Father Juan de Merida, who was also an important architect. Its large atrium is the world’s second largest and has 75 arches forming a corridor with an incredible view of the church of Our Lady of Izamal.
The high elevation of this convent is due to the fact that it was built on the hill of Popolchach, where there used to be a Mayan temple, destroyed to build this Franciscan construction. The stones of this Mayan temple were used to build the Convent of San Antonio de Padua.
As you can see these are only a few of the churches that you can find in Yucatan. The history of the greatness of this state is hidden beneath the walls of these buildings so next time you visit one, look closer and you will be amazed.