First To Review: Maja P.
Jun 9, 2008
This is a great little tourist place, which is the best for buying souvenirs. Every street has so many little markets and hidden shops, that you are sure to find a bargain. If you happen to speak Spanish, you get even a bigger bargain. So this would be the perfect time to test your high school Spanish. If you like the ancient Maya culture, you can buy some really nice art and artifacts created by the Maya people.
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Sep 25, 2011
Located halfway (two hours from each) between Mérida and Cancún, Valladolid is a bustling Mayan city with a special colonial flavor. This is where you will see the majority of the townspeople still using the typical dress of the Mayas, and the buildings around the Main Plaza painted pastel colors. You will surely get a sense of the laid-back pace of life.
Valladolid was founded by Don Francisco de Montejo “El Mozo” in 1543 and acquired the category of city in 1823. Valladolid is the setting of two of Mexico’s most significant events: the Caste War in 1847 and the first spark of the Mexican Revolution in 1910.
The Church of San Servacio is in the Centro of Valladolid, on the south side of the main plaza, on Calle 41 between 40 and 42. This church took the place of the one which was erected on March 24, 1545, by Padre Francisco Hernández whose façade faced the west, which was the custom for Yucatecan temples in the Colonial era. In 1705 the original church was completely demolished by order of the Bishop Don Pedro de los Reyes Ríos due to its profanity in the so-called “Assassination of the Mayors”. In 1706 the construction of the current church began, and in order to have its main access facing the main plaza, it was given a new orientation which is why the church now faces the north and not the west. Above the main façade is a clock dating from the XIX century, the only public clock in the city.
The Plaza is a unique place with many Mayan women sitting on the side opposite the Cathedral selling crafts that include hand-embroidered dresses and blouses, Barbie dresses, handkerchiefs, hammocks and more. The statue of a Mayan woman in the middle of the park is a typical place to have your picture taken. Don't miss Coqui Coqui Perfumes, with the scents of the Yucatán. Also visit Dutzi Handbag, a co-op which supports local Mayan men and women.
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