Is Izamal, a city in Mexico that is surrounded by yellow walls as far as the eye can see. No wonder this small town in the state of Yucatan is nicknamed the Yellow City or ‘La Ciudad Amarilla’. The name Izamal itself means dew that falls from the sky.
Reporting from CNN Travel, Archaeologist and Local Tour Guide Julia Miller revealed, the yellow color at Izamal was originally intended to honor the visit of Pope John Paul II.
“I was told that the painting was painted yellow in honor of Pope John Paul II’s visit in 1993,” he said. Julia added, the history he knew was then passed on while guiding the tour.
“So, I repeated that statement for years,” he continued. Although, he concluded, no one knows the original reason of one of the historic cities in Mexico and then dominated by yellow.
“Because Izamal is an important place of pilgrimage for the Maya, Catholics decided that this city was a good place to place one of their first churches on the Yucatan Peninsula,” Julia explained.
Apart from the Yellow City, Izamal also has another nickname, the Magic City or Pueblos Mágicos. The local government develops and makes it a historical and cultural tourism city.
Izamal was founded nearly two thousand years ago by the Mayans. Residents believe that the name of the city was taken from an ancient Mayan deity, Itzamná.
Catholic Church, Monastery of St. Anthony of Padua, built in 1561. At the time of the construction of the church, the city community still held the Maya Maya belief. After its establishment, the church was used as a place to turn Mayans into Catholics.
St. Anthony of Padua played a major role in broadcasting Catholicism there. Until now, St. Anthony of Padua is still active and is one of the oldest Catholic churches in America.
In addition, Izamal is also known as a city with three different cultures that store peace and harmony.