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Izamal’s Spanish colonial Franciscan monastery photographed on a rainy day. The city of Izamal is famous for its buildings and houses all being painted yellow. Built in 1561 atop an ancient Mayan acropolis, the monastery is this little town’s most famous landmark and was visited by the pope in 1993. The atrium was the second largest only behind the Vatican in Rome.

Having preserved its historic buildings and character Izamal remains one of the most unique places in the Yucatan. It is on Mexico’s official list of ‘pueblos magicos’ aka magic towns. There certainly is a magical feeling you get when walking around the city’s old streets.