There are countless undiscovered hidden gems in the Yucatan. Thanks to our friend, Eliane, from Tamarindo B&B, we visited one of those gems last week.

Built by the Franciscan order in 1642, the Santo Domingo Church in Uayma (pronounced Why-ma) was a convent at one point in its history and was nearly destroyed by the Mayans during the caste wars (1847-1901). It remained a roofless ruin until restoration began in 2003.

According to a  Yucatan Today story published in 2010: “The predominant red color of the buildings represents the martyrdom and sacrifice of Christ, while the green represents hope. The white stars and the roses are a reference to the worship of the Virgin Mary. There is also a headless (sic: it is a double-headed) eagle on the façade, which was a Franciscan symbol adopted during the construction, representing the Catholic union between the kingdoms of Spain and Portugal.”

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As you can see from the photos, this is worth the small detour when you are near Valladolid. Take the highway NW toward Izamal about 12 km from Valladolid.

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