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by HAMZA

Merida's lineage dates back to January of 1542 during the Spanish explorations of Mexico. Spanish nobleman Don Francisco de Montejo founded the city on the site of the ancient Maya city of T'Ho. Many of new city's buildings were constructed using stones expropriated from the Mayan ruins and some of those stones can still be seen today in the walls of Merida's main cathedral. Today, Merida is a city of wide tree-lined boulevards and historic stately mansions. It is the bustling capital of the State of Yucatan and its largest city, but it still manages to remain quaint and intimate. It has been known as the 'Paris of the West' because of the many products once imported from France by Merida's wealthy citizens, and because it was a centre of culture and government. At one time it was also known as the 'White City'. Theories abound about why it was named this: from its tradition of people dressed in white to its white stone buildings built from native white limestone. Another theory holds that the title 'White City' referred to the city's colonial roots, when slaves and anyone 'non-white' was denied entry to the city. Merida is the centre of many Mayan ruins, colonial cities and natural attractions and is an inviting place to visit. In the past, it has only been a stopover on the way to the magnificent Mayan ruins. Lately, more and more people have discovered what a great treasure the city is. One that is rich in Mayan folklore, colonial history, contrasting sights, cultural blends, and warm friendly people.

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