Places of Interest in Valladolid, Yucatan
Zaci Cenote is located in the city’s heart, and is one of the most attractive cenotes, a symbol of this city from Yucatan east. It is a model of nature, visiting this place means to experience an enigmatic adventure through the magic that is spread all over its fancy rocky formations plus the legend that embraces this place.
Discovered in 1950, a matchless beauty is also known as “Cenote X-keken” due to the legend that revolves around its discovery. This cenote is accessed through shaped stoned stairs; here we find a majestic spectacle of fancy shapes surrounding this blue turquoise water reservoir.
Former Convent of San Bernardino de Siena
At the end of the Los Frailes Avenue visitors find this colonial jewel built in 1552; this building once functioned as a Franciscan monastery and also as a fort to protect themselves from the rebel Mayan threats. This construction possesses a cenote which was utilized by Franciscans for a primitive system of irrigation. Inside there are crypts and chapels from the 16th century.
San Gervasio Parish
Originally built in 1545, and demolished in 1705 due to the desecration of the so call “Crime of the Majors”, this church was rebuilt in 1706 changing its original position to avoid that the altar would remain in the stained place. Due to these facts is nowadays known as the “Punished Church”. With sober architecture of Franciscan style, 2 towers of square floor and the booth with the only public clock in town.
The Candelaria Virgin is the Town’s Saint; this saint is celebrated in February 2nd of each year. The temple built to honor her; it dates from the 19th century built on masonry with brick floors. To the south has a small atrium and external stairs which lead to the room where the image is displayed during those days.
San Juan Church
A Church called “Refuge for fishermen”, located in the San Juan neighborhood, this church’s saint goes by the same name, its construction dates from 1780 and is built the same way the other temples in town, temple, sacristy and others.
Los Frailes Avenue
This street is some sort of an alley which joins the Sisal neighborhood with the main street which leads to Valladolid’s downtown.
Saint Roque Museum
These museum’s rooms showcase both the history and present time of the old Zaci, and the site and surroundings where Valladolid was founded. As well, it shows how the wise Mayans demonstrated that are at least two ways of counting time: the long and short calendar, this place shows facts that define different ages.
Santa Ana Church
Its architecture fashion seems like it was built in the 16th century for the natives, since all inscriptions were in Mayan tongue except for Misa. The construction is based on an atrium, temple and sacristy. The masonry temple is one unit with flat walls and the door is made off crafted stone.
Santa Lucia Church
The façade is based by a simple reed-mace with three bell columns, similar to Santa Ana church, and the frame doors are shaped on stoned with vegetal figures. This construction dates from the 17th century.