Founded in 1540, the city of Campeche (“World Heritage Site”) offers in its historical center a great variety of religious buildings of the Viceregal epoch, historical monuments and an impressive system of fortifications, an example of Spanish military architecture of the 17th and 18th centuries. These structures formed part of the integral defensive system for protection against pirate attacks. Collections | Cultural Guides | Campeche

 

Campeche

 

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Index

4  | State of Campeche

4  | Geographical setting, flora and fauna

7  | History

10 | Maya Culture in Campeche

12 | Edzna

14 | Jaina, Santa Rosa Xtampac, Hochob

16 | El Tabasqueño, Balamku

18 | Calakmul, Becan

21 | Chicanna, Xpujil

22 | Hormiguero, Rio Bec, El tigre

24 | The City of Campeche

24 | History of the City

26 | Buildings and Churches

26 | Sea Gate (Puerta de Mar)

28 | Independence Square and Cathedral

28 | Carvajal Mansion

29 | Paula Toro Theater

29 | Casa no. 6 Cultural Center

30 | Crafts Center

30 | Church of Dulce Nombre de Jesus

31 | Church of San Francisquito

31 | Casa del Teniente del Rey

32 | Church and ex-Monastery of San Jose

33 | Land Gate (Puerta de Tierra)

34 | The Bastions

34 | City Museum

34 | Museum of the Stelae

36 | The Outer City

36 | Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe

36 | Church and ex-Monastery of San Francisco

37 | Church od San Roman

38 | Fort of San Jose al Alto

39 | Museum of Arms and Ships

39 | Fort of San Miguel

41 | Regional Museum of Maya Culture

42 | Town and Traditions

42 | Calkini

43 | Becal, Champoton

45 | Hacienda Uayamon, Grrottoes of Bolonchen

47 | Map of the state and city

Author

Luis Alberto Martos

Photos by:

Giovanni Dagli Orti, Ignacio Guevara, Adalberto Rios


50 Photos-Illustrations
48 Pages
Softcover
22 x 12.5 cm – 8.66 x 4.92 in
ISBN 970 9019 53 8


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Contents

Campeche, “Mexico’s hidden treasure”, is a territory for lovers of nature, archeology, colonial art and popular culture.

This state saw the flowering of one of the ancient world’s most important civilizations: Mayan culture. The vestiges of numerous cities of the Pre-classic and Classic periods today arouse enormous admiration. You can visit: Edzná, Calakmul, Becán, Santa Rosa Xtampac, Hormiguero, Chicanná, magnificent works that also represent the four most significant styles of Mayan architecture: Río Bec, Chenes, Puuc and Petén.

Founded in 1540, the city of Campeche (“World Heritage Site”) offers in its historical center a great variety of religious buildings of the Viceregal epoch, historical monuments and an impressive system of fortifications, an example of Spanish military architecture of the 17th and 18th centuries. These structures formed part of the integral defensive system for protection against pirate attacks.

The state of Campeche also possesses a popular culture that comes to light in its music, dances, fiestas, crafts and culinary arts.

Did you know that upon the Spaniards’ arrival, old Campeche, or Ah Kin Pech (tick serpent), was a prosperous Mayan town of 3,000 houses.

Francisco Hernández de Córdoba, sent by the governor of the island of Cuba, discovered Campeche on March 22, 1517 and in 1530 Governor Francisco de Montejo arrived in Campeche and the chiefs swore loyalty to the Crown.

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