The capital of Yucatan is one of the oldest of the continent. Mérida’s construction which began a few years after the conquest of Mexico by Spaniards, has persisted constantly over the centuries, leaving as witnesses of this growth various buildings that today are unique tourist attractions.
Erected in different styles, epochs and circumstances, the mansions of Mérida are imposing and significant due to their magnificence as well as thier impressive beauty.
La Casa Morisca (Moorish House) , located at the corner of Calle 51 and Calle 56 in Centro, reflects the Moorish-French influence that is seen in several Mérida houses built by Spanish immigrants. Possibly flooded by Anadaluzan nostalgia, these immigrants chose unique designs for these mansions, with truly exquisite results.
With a facade that conjures visions out of “A Thousand and One Arabian Nights”, La Casa Morisca rises somewhat startingly from the pavement of a well trafficked intersection in Centro.
Despite its strikingly distinct architectural design, its current paint colors of beige and brown blend in with surrounding homes and buildings, and lend a tranquil note to the block.
Whenever you are in the area make a point to pass by “La Casa Morisca”, snap a few photos and try to imagine the lives that have been lived within its walls since its construction in the early 20th century.
By Robert Adams for Midpoint
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