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4/8.- Merida, Zocalo, Casa de Montejo

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Opposite the Cathedral, in the Zocalo Square, is Casa de Montejo. This used to be the residence of the first Spanish conquistadores, the Montejo family. They arrived here in 1542, and named the city after the Spanish city of Merida.

On both sides of the house's main gate are two big statues of Spanish soldiers standing on the heads of two Mayans. This is the kind of respect Spaniards showed to the local population. Although Spaniards tried to impose the Spanish language, their religion and their traditions, Mayan culture survived, and is still alive today.

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