Language: Spanish

Population: 1,201,000 (2020)

Mayor: Alejandro Ruz Castro

Friendship City Since: 2022

Mérida, the vibrant capital of the Mexican state of Yucatán, has a rich Mayan and colonial heritage. The city’s focal point is Plaza de la Independencia, bordered by the fortresslike Mérida Cathedral and white limestone Iglesia de la Tercera Orden, both colonial-era churches built using relics from ancient Mayan temples. The Casa de Montejo, a 16th-century mansion, is a landmark of colonial plateresque architecture. (Source: Google)

Mérida is also the cultural and financial capital of the Yucatán Peninsula. The city’s rich cultural heritage is a product of the syncretism of the Maya and Spanish cultures during the colonial era. The Cathedral of Mérida, Yucatán was built in the late 16th century with stones from nearby Maya ruins and is the oldest cathedral in the mainland Americas. The city has the third largest old town district on the continent.  It was the first city to be named American Capital of Culture, and the only city that has received the title twice.

Mérida is among the safest cities of Mexico as well as in the Americas. In 2015, the city was certified as an International Safe Community by the Karolinska Institute of Sweden for its high level of public security. Forbes has ranked Mérida three times as one of the three best cities in Mexico to live, invest and do business. In 2022, the UN-Habitat’s City Prosperity Index recognized Mérida as the city with the highest quality of life in Mexico. (Source: Wikipedia)