Wiki-Wednesday – Uayma

24 10 2007


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Uayma's Cathedral [1]



Uayma is a town of 2300 inhabitants located in the center of the Yucatan Peninsula, about 15 kilometers north and west of Valladolid.

The church was built originally by the Spaniards to enforce their culture in Uayma, which was at the time an important Mayan center. Stones from nearby Mayan temples (including Chichen Itza) were used to build the church, some of which can be seen on the facade. In the 19th Century, the church was practically destroyed in the Caste War of Yucatan when the Cruzob Mayas tried to eradicate all evidence of Spanish rule in the Yucatan Peninsula. Other colonial structures and more recently-built structures, including a railway station, remain in various states of disrepair around the town.

Renovation of the town’s unique church was completed in 2005. Restoration was completed due to the efforts of Elba Villareal de Garcia Ponce and Fernando Garces Fierros, through both a private program called Adopte una Obra de Arte (Adopt a Work of Art) and the government’s Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).



2 responses

24 10 2007
Jayne d'Arcy

It’s a beautiful church with an interesting history, but it’s sad that stones were scavenged from such old and wondrous ruins like Chichen Itza.

25 10 2007
Mr President

Yeah, it really is very beautiful but is a prime example of what is wrong with colonialism. A key word for me was “enforcing” Spanish culture.

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