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Plaza Grande

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Between Calle 60 and 62, 61 and 63, Centro
Merida, Yucatan Mexico

Plaza Grande, more formally known as Plaza de la Independencia or the Plaza Mayor, is the city’s main square, and it as old as the city itself. In the very heart of the historic center, the Plaza Grande is flanked by the grand San Idelfonso Cathedral, houses of city and state government, the Olimpo Cultural Center, the Macay Museum, and many restaurants and shops. Vendors abound, particularly on Sundays.

From Lonely Planet:

One of the nicest plazas in Mexico, huge laurel trees shade the park’s benches and wide sidewalks. It was the religious and social center of ancient T’ho; under the Spanish it was the Plaza de Armas, the parade ground, laid out by Francisco de Montejo (the Younger).

A ceremony is held daily marking the raising and lowering of the Mexican flag.

From For91Days.com:

Whether to enjoy an ice cream in the shops around the plaza or to while away the hours in the shade of a tree, this is the city’s principal meeting spot. Mérida’s oldest buildings are here, as well as its only scam artists: affable fellows who approach you with small talk, before offering to walk you over to “the most authentic crafts shop in town.”

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