Izamal, the “Yellow City”
Izamal is a small city in the Mexican state of Yucatán, 72 kilometers east of state capital Mérida, in southern Mexico. Izamal was continuously occupied throughout most of Mesoamerican chronology; in 2000, the city’s estimated population was 15,000 people.
The city of Izamal has a uniqueness about it that would resonate in your memory forever. Izamal is nicknamed “Ciudad Amarilla” (Yellow City) because every single building in this city is painted yellow.
If seeing this bright colonial city doesn’t turn your frown upside down, maybe the ancient Mayan ruins in the middle of the city will.
Regardless, this colonial city deserves a visit even if it’s just a day trip from Merida.
Izamal remains a place of pilgrimage within the Yucatán state, now for the veneration of Roman Catholic saints. Several saints statues at Izamal are said to perform miracles.
An early colonial era statue of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception (“Our Lady of Izamal”) is particularly venerated and is the Yucatán state’s patron saint.