The Yellow City: Izamal, Yucatan, MX

In his latest blog post, Stephen Dennstedt continues taking us on his world travels with some stunning photos.

Expat Journal: Postcards from the Edge

wb-img_2747 Stephen F. Dennstedt

Pope John Paul (Juan Pablo) made Izamal his first stop when visiting Mexico. It was a really big deal when he celebrated mass in the Yellow City. Izamal is called the Yellow City for a very good reason—yep you guessed it, most of the buildings are painted yellow. Izamal is only a 35 to 40-minute drive from Merida (Yucatan’s capital) but it’s like stepping back a hundred years in time.

When the Spanish arrived in Yucatan they pressed the Maya into service to dismantle their ancient stone pyramids to construct the huge cathedrals that abound. There are still remnants of pyramids in Izamal but they’ve fallen into ruin and their once mighty mass of stone is now mostly contained in the Monastery de Izamal (1553 C.E.).

My very good lady friend, Dolores, makes it a point to get me out & about to see the authentic Mexico…

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