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Tourists complain about a “bad image” in Izamal, Yucatán

by Yucatan Times
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The atrium of the Marian Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, in Izamal, is the subject of criticism from visitors who arrive at the place, and find scaffolding and wood on the east side of the Franciscan atrium.

Last February, staff from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) placed wooden structures at the entrance of the church, giving a bad image to one of the most visited tourist attractions in Yucatán.

This situation bothers neighbors and tourists, who upon entering the atrium and photographing the façade of the sanctuary, observe the aforementioned structures.

“It is a pity. I haven’t been to Izamal for two years and now I have come here on my vacation. I arrived with other tourists and we found wood at the entrance to the church, which gives a bad image of this beautiful site. This cannot be possible, authorities like the INAH must take care of the cultural and religious heritage and not leave this site abandoned,” said Luis Sansores from Mérida.

“They told us that a few years ago this space was repaired here, but again water leaked from the roof due to the seasonal rains. For this reason, they once again placed the wooden beams to avoid a collapse,” said Humberto Santiago Flores.

“This Franciscan atrium is an architectural jewel, of great importance for tourism, although there is a problem. When you look for an angle to take a photo, the first thing that appears are the wooden poles,” said Marcus Sánchez Orozco another national tourist.

“Hopefully the INAH will obtain the necessary resources to once again recover the total beauty of this great building, which is an excellent tourist attraction not only nationally, but also internationally,” highlighted Yucatecan visitor Armando Castellanos.

According to the testimony of residents of Izamal, after two months of supposed maintenance work, improvement work has not been resumed, and the next rainy season begins in June.

Thousands of tourists are expected to visit Izamal during the summer holidays and it is not seen that the works will be finished by then.

TYT Newsroom

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