The city was founded on the 6th of January, 1542, upon the ruins of what had been the ancient Mayan city of T'ho or Ichcaansihó by Francisco de Montejo, and has became the economic, tourist and cultural center of Southeastern Mexico.
Magnificent colonial buildings surround its main plaza. In the North we find the Governor's Palace with a serious of breathtaking murals of the Yucatecan painter Fernando Castro Pacheco, illustrating scenes of the regional history. Standing cater-cornered is the Cathedral, the oldest one in North America mainland. On the South side of the plaza sits the House of Montejo, this state belong to the founder of the city, a true jewel of colonial architecture.
The historic center of the city of Merida is perfect for tours at sunset. On the streets, always clean and calm, you can see the light of sunset reflected in old but well maintained colonial buildings.
Majestic, the theater "Jose Peon Contreras" rears its imposing building in las57 crossing in front of the main building of the University of Yucatan, south of the park are located and visited the Mother of Jesus Catholic church, better known as the Third Order.
The current Government Palace had its antecedent in the Royal Houses, seat of colonial government. It served both administrative office business and government as room for governors and representatives of the Crown.