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The former legislative building is being dismantled carefully in the center of Mérida's historic center.
The former legislative building is being dismantled carefully in the center of Mérida’s historic center.

Mérida, Yucatán — The former state hall of Congress, surrounded by architectural treasures of the Historic Center, is slowly being dismantled to make way for the Music Palace.

A state official said that at the end of 2015, the initial demolition phase was completed. Windows and dry wall were carted away, the power supply was cut, and the ceiling of the legislative chamber was removed, as was the mezzanine. Workers are being careful because of the 1980s structure’s fragile neighbors, particularly the Church of the Third Order, which it abuts. The second-largest church in Mérida, the imposing structure was built by the Jesuits in 1618.

The former legislative building in the heart of Mérida's historic center is being torn down bit by bit.
The former legislative building in the heart of Mérida’s historic center is being torn down bit by bit.

The state lawmakers now meet in a modern building on the periférico.

Drivers are urged to use caution when driving through the intersection of Calles 58 and 59 while the demolition crew and its two cranes do their work, which often involves land closures.

When it’s all over, a sleek museum, research and performance center dedicated to Mexico’s rich musical heritage will be open. The Music Palace will feature a concert hall with a capacity for 400 people, a museum, a recording studio and a high-tech music library. Academic programs are planned at the museum as well. It is billed as the only attraction of its kind in the country.

 

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