Standing Still

27 Jan


On Calle 50 near the center of the city, there are two massive relics of Merida’s past. Two of the original eight 18th century gateways to the walled city still stand, engulfed by the modern city surrounding them.



In one of these gates, Arco del Puente, two doorways are cut into the supporting pillars. These small openings allowed people to pass through on foot when the gate was closed. The doorways are barely 1.2 meters tall, not to accommodate the diminutive Mayans, but to discourage aggressors from forcing entry to the walled city. 

Today hundreds of people a day stoop to enter Calle 50 without questioning why.

2 Responses to “Standing Still”

  1. Maryl Travis January 27, 2016 at 2:02 pm #

    Hmmm. did Dana go through the small opening or just take a picture?
    I’m definitely missing the blue skies of Mexico. Love the pics. Such a different look than GTO. Do you find yourself comparing the two cities?

    • Jill January 27, 2016 at 3:18 pm #

      I am comparing the two and find that Merida is more a big city where Guanajuato felt like a small town. We are discovering the traffic and lots of people on the streets don’t make for great walking. We’re taking taxis a lot. Next week we go to Valladolid for 5 days, a small colonial town about 45 minutes inland. Richard in Guanajuato told me about it. Sounds beautiful. You will see it in days to come.

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