One of the most emblematic areas of Merida is Paseo Montejo, the most important avenue in the city and extends from the Santa Ana neighborhood to the exit to the port of Progreso, named after Francisco de Montejo who was the founder of the city.
Paseo de Montejo: Palaces and mansions
The layout and design are inspired by the Champs Elysees in Paris and along the way you can see French-style buildings, so if you have a destination wedding in Merida is one of the points that you should recommend to your guests, because walking it or having a buggy ride, will be a memorable experience.
On your tour you can enjoy the exquisite architecture of palaces and mansions that were owned by wealthy characters such as the Canton Palace, Las Casas Gemelas, Casa Peon de Regil to mention a few, as well as the representative Monument to the Homeland, which, you will want to cross the street and get to the foot of the monument to appreciate the stone carving that tells the history of Mexico in a very unique way.
Even when the heat is intense in Mérida, on your walk along Paseo Montejo you will enjoy the unique coolness that the lush trees offer you, you can listen to the sound of the horses that pass by every moment pulling the buggies, sip a traditional sorbet and enjoy the tranquility that Mérida offers you.
You will recognize them immediately, since as their name indicates, they are two very similar houses. As you start your tour, they will be among the largest houses you will see, with French Renaissance characteristics and located at number 495 Paseo Montejo. The houses are the work of the European architect M. Umbdenstock and the engineer Manuel Cantón Ramos. One of the houses was acquired by Mr. Fernando Barbachano, who decorated it in the style of the time and it is preserved as such, and the other house, unfinished for many years, was finished by its current owner Mario Molina Fuentes.
Undoubtedly the perfect location to have a wedding session.
Yellow in color and with an impressive architecture, it will be one of the buildings you will turn to see. The mansion is named after its original owner, General Francisco Cantón, and the construction was the work of engineer Manuel Cantón Ramos, who was also in charge of the construction of the Twin Houses, hence the resemblance to them. It is perhaps the most important building on Paseo de Montejo, not only for its details, but also for its use as a Museum of Anthropology, which you can visit and have a very enriching tour.
Monumento a la patria
The city’s iconic monument stands at the third circle of Paseo de Montejo, uniquely carved in stone, making it Mexico’s sole masterpiece of its kind. Its 31 columns represent the 28 states of the Republic, two territories and a Federal District; and it depicts the stages of the Colony, Independence, Reform and Revolution with multiple symbolic characters and elements such as stone, water, fire and metals. This work of art marks the final stop on the Paseo de Montejo tour.
In this place you can take a few minutes to take a souvenir photo or have a save the date, you won’t want to miss this opportunity.
Casa Peón de Regil
Because of its great architecture, it is one of the greatest attractions of the city. It was once the home of the man who built it, Pedro de Regil C., but today it is the headquarters of the Inbursa corporate offices. The second most important house on Paseo de Montejo, with its captivating Italian style and stately appearance, will grab your attention as you walk by.
Quinta Montes Molina
As you stroll along Paseo Montejo, you’ll come across La Quinta Montes Molina, a neoclassical venue for events that should be on your list of wedding locations. You can visit it as it now has an exclusive exhibition of the original furniture of the house, no doubt, it will be a tour you will enjoy.
Here’s a tip for Yucatan weddings: Take advantage of this iconic avenue for unforgettable couple photo sessions. Countless architecturally rich buildings make the perfect backdrop for your unique photographs.
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