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Today, Merida is a city of wide tree-lined boulevards and historic stately mansions. It is the bustling capital of the State of Yucatan and its largest city, but it still manages to remain quaint and intimate. It has been known as the “Paris of the West” because of the many products once imported from France by Merida’s wealthy citizens, and because it was a center of culture and government. At one time is was also known as the “White City”. Theories abound about why it was named this: from its tradition of people dressed in white to its white stone buildings built from native white limestone. Another theory holds that the title 'White City' referred to the city's colonial roots, when slaves and anyone 'non-white' was denied entry to the city; hence the term 'white city', meaning 'the city of the whites' a term coined by revolutionary Mayan indians during the violent and bloody Guerra de Castas or Caste Wars. Merida is the center of many Mayan ruins, colonial cities and nature attractions.
Merida is an inviting place to visit. In the past, it has only been a
stopover on the way to the magnificent Maya ruins. Lately, more and more people have discovered what a great treasure the city is. Merida is a city rich in Mayan
folklore and colonial history; a city of contrasting sights, cultural
blends, and a warm friendly people.