Paseo de Montejo
Mexico City has its Paseo de la Reforma, a broad Parisian-style avenue, while Mérida prides itself on a local version, the Paseo de Montejo. Conceived in the late 19th century and inaugurated in 1904, the Paseo starts at the northern edge of the Centro Histórico. The boulevard was designed to honor Mérida's founding conquistador, Francisco de Montejo and showcase the enormous wealth and European tastes of Yucatán's henequen barons. Between Calles 47 and 27 many elegant mansions remain, some converted into business headquarters and hotels.Among the finest are the Peón de Regil and Vales Houses at Calle 35, the twin Camera Houses at Calle 45 and the Palacio Canton at Calle 42, which houses the Anthropology and History Museum. The Monument to the Motherland in the traffic circle at Calle 27 is designed in the neo-Mayan style and features a mestizo woman in indigenous dress symbolizing Mexico.