Looking out from the heart of Convento de San Antonio de Padua its clear to see why Izamal is known as the “Yellow City.” A sprawling square enclosed by 75 egg-yolk-yellow arches, the open air atrium of the monastery is second in size only to the Vatican. Previously a center for worship of a supreme Mayan sun god, today a Franciscan convent stands grandly over the atrium, built from fragments of the Mayan temple in 1561. Walk the site to examine the remnants of Mayan and post-colonial history that echo through the architecture. Take a look at our Izamal travel itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Convento de San Antonio de Padua and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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At the center of town is this huge, deep yellow complex including a church, monastery, and impressive courtyard. Pope John Paul II visited here in 1993. more »
The history of Izamal, like so many Mayan cities, predates the Spanish by over 2,700 years. The town was established by Zamna, priest of the god Itzamna about 750 BC. The Mayan temple was constructed.... more »
It is a great place to meet. It perfectly describes what the colonial era was in Izamal. I loved the garden of the esplanade and the pieces of history that are inside the place.
The monastery is a fascinating sight, which the Spaniards built on top of an enormous acropolis which stood in honor of the sun god. The convent is striking, painted a beautiful yellow color like the rest of the town. It’s a good shady spot to rest and also a reminder of all that was lost due to the brutality of colonialism.
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