The Municipal Palace of Merida faces the main plaza across from the cathedral and is probably the building most likely to appear in photos of the city. With its salmon-colored exterior, arches anchored by columns, and a clock tower rising from the center, it’s an impressive sight.
Built between 1734 and 1736, it was then refurbished in the 1730s and the 1850s. This is a working office building with a modern interior, so the exterior is more interesting to visitors. Adjoining it, however, is the Olimpo cultural center, a place to catch music, dance, or art shows. Consult the tourist office upon arrival to see what’s going on or check the sign posted outside. Most performances are free.