The Porfirio-era Quinta Montes Molina, originally called Villa Beatriz, is known for its eclectic architecture and neoclassic lines. It was built by Don Aurelio Portuondo y Barcelo, a prosperous businessman from Havana.
As partner in the construction of the Peón Contreras Theater, Don Aurelio used the same European architects and builders for his new home.
In 1915, during the Mexican Revolution, he sold his home to Don Avelino Montes Linaje, a prominent businessman and banker. He embellished the mansion even more.
“The results of his labors of love can be seen today during the guided tours of this mansion/museum,” says Yucatán Today.
Regular tours continue at this “elegant, authentic, fully and beautifully furnished Paseo Montejo mansion, with the original chandeliers, mirrors, antique furnishings, rugs, paintings, statues and sculptures, Limoge china and Chiristofle silverware.”
Paseo de Montejo No. 469 x 33 y 35. Tours in English: Mon-Fri. 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 3 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m., 11 a.m.. Entry: 75 pesos adults, 60 pesos teachers and students, 50 pesos children.
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