Merida, Mexico

Merida (photos) is the capital of the Yucatan state of Mexico and is the center of the Mayan culture for the Yucatan peninsula.  The Mayan settlement that once stood where Merida now stands came under Spanish rule in 1542.  The Spanish conquistadors proceeded to build Merida into the regional capital, dismantling the Maya pyramids using the material to build the cathedral and other important structures, a familiar theme.  The cathedral, Catedral de San Ildefonso is said to be the oldest church in Mexico and North America.

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