Autonomous University of Yucatan Central Building, Merida

Autonomous University of Yucatan Central Building, Merida

The Autonomous University of Yucatán, UADY, boasts several campus buildings strategically located throughout Mérida. However, the most renowned among them, especially for enthusiasts of colonial architecture, is the illustrious Central Building.

This historic edifice dates back to the early 17th century when it was commissioned under the authority of King Philip III of Spain in 1611. After several years of construction, it was proudly inaugurated in 1618. The Central Building, with its expansive, gleaming white façade, stands as a magnificent exemplar of colonial-era architecture.

At the heart of this sprawling structure lies a central courtyard, which has witnessed a fascinating transformation over the years. Today, the graceful balcony arches adorning its perimeter evoke echoes of Spanish Moorish architectural influences. On Friday nights, this courtyard serves as a vibrant stage for dance recitals, courtesy of the university's esteemed Ballet Folklorico.

Yet, what truly distinguishes the UADY Central Building is its iconic recessed corner entranceway. This distinctive architectural feature has become a symbol of both the university's rich history and its enduring commitment to education and culture.

As a testament to its enduring legacy and architectural significance, the Autonomous University of Yucatán's Central Building stands as a cherished cultural landmark, embodying the harmonious blend of history, academia, and artistic expression in the heart of Mérida.

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Sight Name: Autonomous University of Yucatan Central Building
Sight Location: Merida, Mexico (See walking tours in Merida)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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