Mérida was established in 1542 by Francisco de Montejo "el Mozo" and built on the ancient Maya city T'ho (the capital of five hills).
It's called la Ciudad Blanca (The White City), to the predominance of white limestone that was used as a building material. However, locals today will tell you that it also relates to the cleanliness of the city. Merida is the capital city of Yucatan, with still a strong influence of Mayan cultural heritage.
This stunning colonial city is described by its own mansions and historical architecture from the XVI century; its monuments such as Government Palace, the Cathedral, House of Montejo, and the José Peon Contreras Theater. Merida is also a modern and cosmopolitan city with museums, art galleries, restaurants, shops, and boutiques.
It is considered one of the best places to learn about modern-day Mayan heritage. It's also an excellent base for discovering the ages-old culinary treasures.
Merida was built as a walled city, and several of the old Spanish city gates can still be seen. The city has the second-largest historic center in Mexico.