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“Beautiful Spanish colonial house”
Review of Museo Casa Montejo

Museo Casa Montejo
Ranked #11 of 116 things to do in Merida
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Owner description: Facing the main square in Merida, this extraordinary building dates back to 1549 and is built with intricate artistry in the Spanish Plateresque style.
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“Beautiful Spanish colonial house”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

Casa de Montejo is the pink building on the Plaza Grande. The building was formerly the house of the Montejo family, who conquered the Yucatan Peninsula for Spain in the 1500's. The family lived in the house until the late 20th-century, when the Banamex moved in and set up a branch. Fortunately, Banamex allows visitors to visit a handful of rooms of the house for free during normal business hours. Each room is ornately decorated with items from all over the world. It definitely doesn't take long to see all the rooms, but it is well worth a half-hour stop.

As an aside, there is a store called Taller Maya in the Case de Montejo complex. The store has handicrafts made by Mayan artisans and claims to support fair trade with them for their work. It's worth a visit inside just to ogle the beautiful (but unfortunately pricey) items

Visited December 2012
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“Casa de Montejo”
Reviewed January 9, 2013

Beautiful example of Spanish colonial architecture on the main plaza. Several rooms are open on the first floor. Free admission. There is also a nice gallery of local fine arts located in the inner courtyard.

Visited January 2013
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“Wow!”
Reviewed January 8, 2013

Ok, this place was awesome. The outside is a wonderful example of 16th century, nicely preserved colonial architecture. The inside is so beautiful that it cannot be described in words. The Montejo family held this home for over 450 years and no expense was spared on it's construction, renovation or furnishing. You have to see it to believe it, and it's easy to do, because it's free. Just walk in, sign the guest book, and take all the time you want. When we were there the house also housed a BEAUTIFUL exhibit displaying winning photos from national Mexican photography contest that my whole family really enjoyed.

Visited January 2013
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“Yes...worth going into.”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

This home was built by Sr. Montejo in the 1500s...HE was the man who conquered Merida but was kind to the indigenous peoples here. We walked in and were given a tour by Rafael...great English speaking guide who works for Banamex who now owns this home. The baccarat chandeliers are worth a looksee alone. Free of charge....

Visited January 2013
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Merida, Mexico
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“Back in Time”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

I visited this beautiful home right on the main square and it is amazing, the restoration job that was done is great! Anyone looking to step back in time take 20 minutes and visit Casa de Montejo.

Visited September 2012
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