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“Governor’s Palace (Palacio del Gobierno) and outstanding mural paintings”

Palacio del Gobernador (Governor's Palace)
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Merida City Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #9 of 122 things to do in Merida
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

Merida is capitol city of Yucatan. It's a nice and big city (almost 1.000.000 inhabitants).
All the streets in Merida (as in whole Mexico) are according to American system running from North to South and from East to West. Notabene they were Mayas who constructed all the ways and roads as straight lines (= the shortest way between two points – they knew this already 2.000 A.C.!!!).

Four main streets in Merida (Calle 60, 61, 62 and 63) are forming the central square where the most important city buildings are located. On the corner of calle 60 and 61 there is Governor's Palace (Palacio del Gobierno) with round the clock guard on entrance but open for public from the very morning untill late night hours, seven days a week and twelve months a year.

Palace has been built in 1892 and visit there is a must for every tourist mainly because of 31 fantastic works by Mexican (Meridan) famous artist Fernando Castro Pecheco. His mural paintings of enormous big sizes are touching, yet more: striking, with their dramatic and pathetic expression. They show dramatic history of the Yucatan, were painted between 1971 and 1979 and are the most outstanding and famous works of the mentioned contemporary Yucateco painter, still living in Merida.
They remind in some way Picasso's Guernica despite that are quite different but the drama, pathos and tension are very similar by my opinion and feeling.

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Reviewed 3 June 2014

Great place to pop in. Check out the free and air conditioned museum on the 2nd floor--also provides a great view of the plaza. Bathrooms have attendants, but the cleanliness leaves some to be desired. Make sure to use the tourist info as well.

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Reviewed 31 May 2014

We were directed here by one of those guys in the Plaza making a commission on getting you into a store. We were really glad we listened. The work is so moving it made us read up on the "big 3"who influenced Pacheco - Rivera; Oroszco; and Sequeiras - and also on the history of the Montejos and their subjugation of the Mayan people.

It's a free exhibit. Well worth the 30-45 minutes.

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Reviewed 31 May 2014

The Governor's Palace is located on one side of the zocalo and is one of the historic buildings around the square. Admission is free. It is notable for the large, bold murals done primarily by Fernando Castro Pacheco depicting the history and conquest of the Yucatan.

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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Our guide wasn't allowed to enter the building so we were left on our own to wander around. Apparently there are guides inside but while there were a number of people in uniforms they were all looking at their phones and no one approached us so we just wandered around on our own. There are a series of HUGE colorful murals done by Fernando Castro Pacheco a local artist. Apparently he spent 25 years painting them. The paintings are emotional depictions of the suffering of the Mayans by not just the invaders but also natural causes- like drought. They are spectacular. This is a FREE exhibit.

Thank Jen78703
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