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All about Palacio Municipal de Mérida in Mexico

Updated: April 6, 2024

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Author: Tobias

Palacio Municipal is the city hall of Mérida. It is located at Plaza Grande, opposite Mérida Cathedral. Palacio Municipal de Mérida in Mexico is about 2km away from Casa Loltún. It is located in the city center of Mérida. You walk a bit longer, but you can easily get there on foot.


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Palacio Municipal de Mérida, Centro, Mérida, Yucatán, Mexiko



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2km from Casa Loltún

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Within the city


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average rating is 4.7 out of 5, based on 118 votes, Ratings

Opening Hours:

• Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
• Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
• Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
• Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
• Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
• Saturday: Closed
• Sunday: Closed

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Palacio Municipal de Mérida

Palacio Municipal is a government building located at Plaza Grande, opposite Catedral de Mérida and next to the Centro Cultural Olimpo. It is a historical building, currently being used as a City Hall. In 1821, Yucatán's independence was proclaimed in this place.

Originally constructed in 1735, Mérida's City Hall building was remodeled in both the 19th and 20th centuries. In 1871, a clock was installed for the first time, which was also the first in the city of Mérida.

Apart from the clock tower, the pink façade, white columns and arches are also striking. Similar to Palacio de Gobierno, there are also some (few) large murals and the old colonial house also has a small courtyard. At night the building is spectacularly illuminated.

The balcony

If you go to the balcony on the second floor, you have a nice view of the Plaza Grande and also a photo perspective of the Catedral de Mérida. By the way, the balcony goes directly to the Centro Cultural Olimpo in the neighboring building.

Balcony of the Palacio
Balcony of the Palacio

Can you just go in?

Palacio Muncipal is always free to enter. There are usually two security guards in front of the entrance, which can be a bit daunting at first glance, but you take the unguarded entrance next door (to the right), have to sign a guestbook first and then just walk in.

Mérida Tourism Office

On the first floor you will also find the Mérida Tourism Office (with a separate entrance). The office staff speak English very well and is friendly, informative and very helpful. You can also pick up some small brochures on the main sights if you like.

Traditional dance performance

Every Monday night from 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm (and also every Sunday at 1:00 pm) there is a traditional dance performance at the ground floor of the Palacio Municipal: The Vaquería Dance is one of the most deeply rooted traditions of Yucatán.

Traditional dance performance
Traditional dance performance

Vaquería Dance in Yucatán is a vibrant cultural tradition featuring lively music and colorful costumes. Originating from colonial-era fiestas, it blends indigenous and Spanish influences. Dancers perform intricate steps to rhythmic melodies, captivating audiences with its energetic spirit.


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