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Merida Government Palace

Palacio de gobierno de Mérida visto desde el exterior

This magnificent building had its precedent headquarters on the Royal Houses, colonial government place. It served both as office for administrative and government business, as well as bedrooms for the official representatives of the Crown.
Once independence was consumed the place was called Government Palace, and in the late XIX century the old building was destroyed to build the one we have today. It was inaugurated on September 15, 1892 for the purpose of concentrating the Executive Power offices of the State.

The Palace, an eclectic classical style, has two levels, and covers a square surface of 42 meters on the front and depth. There is a large central courtyard on the inside, which covers a great extension. It holds 27 murals made between 1971 and 1978 by Fernando Castro Pacheco, renowned Yucatecan artist, who painted them for the decoration of the two story building, galleries, in the sober Salon de la Historia and the stairwell. The murals and paintings represent the most important and significant master piece in the State.

The Government Palace is a truthful museum and briefly embodies the state’s political life. The building is open from 9:00 to 22:00 hrs all year round. On the main entrance there is a tourist information booth, which provides service. From 8:00 to 20:00 hrs. It is located on the corner of Streets 61, by 60 and 62, Downtown. Phone: 930 3100. Open Monday through Sunday 9:00 to 22:00 hrs.