La Casa del Mayorazgo
By Jade Arroyo
This neoclassical building displays a regal beauty and is one of the cornerstones in the history of this town. Originally built as the residence of the Canal family (an almost royal family back in the day), it was known as the Palace of the Counts of La Canal. During the wars of independence it was confiscated, but the family recovered it in 1921, later selling it in the early 2000s.
The building has returned to life as part of Fondo de Cultura Banamex. Currently, there’s a photographic exhibition, “Armando Salas Portugal: Chronicle of a Trip to the Yucatan, 1946.” The exhibition brings together 48 photographs documenting the artist’s first visit to the state of Yucatan in 1946 and his first encounter with the architecture of the Mayan towns, archaeological sites of Uxmal and Chichen Itza, and the landscape and the villages of the coasts of Yucatan and Campeche.
The collection includes a memorable trip in which Salas Portugal recounts, through his images and a letter addressed to a childhood friend, his emotions and experiences on that trip. This series of images is a valuable artistic testimony about the history, architecture, archaeology, anthropology, and geographical knowledge of the region.
La Casa del Mayorazgo is located on Canal 4. Admission is free Monday through Friday, 9am–6pm and weekends 10am–6pm. In addition, there are guided tours Monday to Friday at 12pm, 1pm, 4pm, and 5pm.
About Fomento Cultural Banamex, A.C.
Fomento Cultural Banamex is an organization whose mission is to promote investment in cultural development and to promote, preserve, and disseminate the Mexican culture through exhibitions of art and history, publications, support for popular art, restoration and conservation of heritage, and educational activities.