top of page

All about Parroquia de Santa Ana in Mérida, Mexico

Updated: April 6, 2024

Main Category: Parks & Churches

207 views

4 images

Author: Tobias

Parroquia de Santa Ana, a catholic church, stands on the north side of Parque de Santa Ana. Parroquia de Santa Ana in Mérida, Mexico is about 1km 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.

Parks & Churches

<
<
>
>
<<
<<
>>
>>

Disclosure: This article contain affiliate links. If you make a purchase, we get a small provision at no additional cost to you (#Disclosure Policy)

Address:

Parroquia Santa Ana, Calle 60, Parque Santa Ana, Centro, Mérida, Yucatán, Mexiko

Website:

Category:

Parks and Churches

Phone:

+52 999 928 5371

Distance:

1km from Casa Loltún

Travel Time:

Within the city

Admission:

No entry fee

Price Level:

-

Since:

1733

Google Rating:

average rating is 4.6 out of 5, based on 193 votes, Ratings

Opening Hours:

• Monday: closed
• Tuesday: 10:30 AM - 6:00 AM
• Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 12:00 AM, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
• Thursday: 8:00 AM - 12:00 AM, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
• Friday: 8:00 AM - 12:00 AM, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
• Saturday: 8:00 AM - 12:00 AM, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
• Sunday: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Powered by ©Google

Logo Casa Loltún

Casa Loltún Vacation Rentals

Rent a wonderful restored 19th-century colonial house or a new apartment in the historic city center of Mérida. This is an amazing opportunity for anyone looking for a unique and beautiful place to stay!

Get ready to be blown away by a unique blend of colonial heritage and modern architecture and dive straight into the vibrant life of the city!

CASA LOLTUN_Xavier Salas-36.jpg
Logo Casa Loltún

Parroquia de Santa Ana

Parroquia de Santa Ana, a catholic church, stands on the north side of Parque de Santa Ana which also includes Mercado Santa Ana. The church has a length of around 70 meters and a width of around 35 meters.


The church represents another example of colonial architecture in Mérida. The park, with the district and church of the same name, is dedicated to St. Anne. The church houses a statue of Saint Anne, who is venerated as the patron saint of the church.


In several writings from the 2nd to 6th centuries, she is regarded as the mother of Mary and therefore the grandmother of Jesus Christ. She has been venerated as a saint since the Middle Ages.


The construction of the church was ordered by Antonio de Figueroa y Silva, a former Governor and Captain of Yucatán. Construction began in 1729 and was completed (and consecrated) in 1733. It has a Latin cross pattern on an atrium, built apparently where the Maya religious structure had stood.


The Parroquia de Santa Ana is a popular venue for weddings, baptisms and other religious ceremonies and there are various religious festivals and processions that take place in the church throughout the year, which bring the community together.


In addition, the church is a popular tourist destination due to its central location, historical significance and architecture. The church has been restored several times over the centuries. The last major restoration took place in the 20th century.


Front side of the church
Front side of the church

Ghost stories


The following story does not take place inside the church, but on the outside. More precisely, in the area of the bus stop in Calle 60, which is in front of the church, and also at other places in the Santa Ana neighborhood.


Several people have reported in the past that they have seen a truly scary ghost in this area. The ghost is described as a white, emaciated man dressed in 18th century style.


Sometimes he just stands by the street as if waiting for the bus or he slowly wanders through the neighborhood biting chunks of flesh out of his forearm. As a result, his arm is eaten down to the bone and the flesh is darkly discolored, making this ghost appear like a living zombie.


Interestingly, there is an explanation for this. Two psychics in Mérida were able to make a connection with the ghost and find out his story.


Parque de Santa Ana
Parque de Santa Ana

The man was a wealthy Spanish plantation owner in Santa Ana in the 18th century with around 30 workers who worked for him under slave-like conditions.


At that time, Santa Ana consisted mainly of farmland, which was given as a fief by the plantation owners. There were repeated uprisings and at times the entire neighborhood was razed to the ground.


During an uprising on his hacienda - which was located near Calle 60 - he was captured by his own people and locked up in his cellar - without food and without hope of release.


After some time and in absolute desperation, he began to eat his own arm until he finally died. According to him, he also felt betrayed because even his closest and most trusted workers had taken part in the uprising.


No wonder he became a rather uncomfortable ghost, right?

Share

LinkedIn Logo
Reddit Logo
Tumblr Logo
Logo Casa Loltún

Best Mérida City Tours

If you would like to explore the Yucatan Peninsula and Mérida with a guided tour, there are wonderful experiences from Viator. We have selected the three best tours for you.

You save time and nerves, get all the insider tips you need from an expert tour guide and can join up with others if you wish. And it's also safer to travel in a group.

Mike&Duck Walking Tour Merida

My Top Recommendation (likely to sell out)

Mike&Duck Walking Tour Merida

The insider knowledge makes the tour so valuable! Free cancellation (from US-$35)

average rating is 5 out of 5
Best Mérida City Tours

Another very special experience

Merida Private Tour on a Budget

Slightly less expensive and also free cancellation. It starts from US-$29

average rating is 4.5 out of 5
Best Mérida City Tours

Not either/or, but also!

Guided bus tour of the City of Merida

Yep. That's the convenient way of sightseeing. Free cancellation (from US-$40)

average rating is 4 out of 5
Logo Casa Loltún

Viator Travel Promotions

Our partner and market leader, Viator, offers a wide range of exciting Thing to do in Mérida and on the Yucatán Peninsula.

 

Take advantage of special offers, save up to 20% and enjoy maximum flexibility with free cancelations. The most popular tours are booked up quickly, so don't miss out.

Casa Loltún Travel Promotion
Logo Casa Loltún

More Information

bottom of page