Las Casas Cámara (Cámara Houses), Merida

Las Casas Cámara (Cámara Houses), Merida

The Cámara Houses, also known as the Twin Houses, are a pair of historic townhouses located in the charming city of Mérida. These houses are not just architectural marvels but also hold a rich history within their walls.

Constructed between 1908 and 1911, the Cámara Houses are a shining example of Beaux-Arts design in the elegant French Second Empire Style, thanks to the visionary French architect Gustave Umbdenstock. Initially, these houses were commissioned as a private residence for the distinguished de la Cámara family, who were part of the Yucatán aristocracy.

Intricately designed and exquisitely crafted, these houses stood as a testament to the opulence and grandeur of their time. Over the years, they have played host to a myriad of illustrious guests, adding to their mystique. The guest list includes luminaries such as Princess Grace and Prince Rainier of Monaco, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, Umberto II of Italy, and even Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

In 1964, one of the two houses was acquired by the Barbachano family, marking a turning point in the houses' history. In 2021, this house has opened its doors to the public, transforming into a captivating museum.

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Las Casas Cámara (Cámara Houses) on Map

Sight Name: Las Casas Cámara (Cámara Houses)
Sight Location: Merida, Mexico (See walking tours in Merida)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Merida Introduction Walking Tour

Mérida, the capital of Yucatán, is one of the oldest cities in Mexico. Founded in 1542 by the Spanish conquistador Francisco de Montejo the Younger, it stands on the ruins of the thriving ancient Mayan city of Ti'ho and is a living testament to the intersection of two worlds – the pre-Hispanic Mayan civilization and Spanish colonialism.

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles