Mexico Courthouses / Yucatan

Yucatan was derived when the Spanish arrived and the natives upon listening to them speak were saying “Uhuuthaan” which means “hears as speak” which sounded to the Spanish like “Yucatan”.


Created:  December 23, 1823

State Capital: 

Merida     1823 – present


Government Palace (Palacio de Gobierno) – Merida


Location:  Plaza Grande / Calle 61

Built:  1892

Style:  Spanish Colonial

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unkown


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story white-green structure. The building is located on the north side of Plaza Grande in the city centre. The building was constructed on the site of the palace of the colonial governors. The colonial building has a bell above the south entrance. In the interior is a square courtyard with grand staircase at the north side. The building contains the Salon de la Historia at the south front of the second floor, and historical murals painted by artist Fernando Castro Pacheco which murals were completed after 25 years of work, in 1978.


Legislative Palace (Palacio Legislativo) - Merida




Location:  Calle 58 #497 / Calle 58

Built:  Unknown

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces north and is a three story white colored concrete and glass structure. The building is located in the city centre. Along the north side is Caljon de Congress, a pedestrian mall. The north entrance has a large open portico extending to the third floor and supported by tall narrow pillars. Behind is a glass wall with the Entrance Hall and with the Legislative Chamber on the west side. The building houses the State Congress (Honorable Congreso del Estado de Yucatan).


Justice Palace (Palacio de Justicia) - Merida




Location:  NW –  Avenida Jacinto Canek / Calle 90

Built:  1999 – 2001

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces south and is a three story glass and concrete structure. The building is located in the Colonia Inalambrica district to the west of the city centre. The building is surrounded by large open grounds. The building is a modern  structure  completed on March 31, 2001. The south entrance has a semi circular portico with narrow pillars. The interior has a rectangular atrium with reflecting pool, and glass on the north and south sides and offices along the east and west sides. The building houses the Tribunal Superior de Justicia.



N – Gulf of Mexico

E – Quintana Roo

S – Quintana Roo and Campeche

W - Gulf of Mexico





Government Palace






















Legislative Palace










Justice Palace







Photos taken 2006