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Old 01-10-2005   #46 (permalink)
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Remember those spot the difference puzzles from when we were kids?
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Well the openings to the belltowers do differ in size and width and heighth...

Perhaps to accomodate the different sized bells...and perhaps for acoustical reasons as well when the bells ring....
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Great, great photo report Michael! Thank you for posting this. We always wanted to see Merida.
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u]Notice how the two top levels of the bell towers are built off-center from their bases -- an uncommon feature.[/u][/i]

Uhhh....I guess I got the answer. Did my post not show up?
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The one on the right has a clock and small, what looks to be, a wrought iron balcony instead of a belfry.

is that it?
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Now that I look closely - they are NOT mirror images of each other. Aside from the clock/balcony difference I already mentioned, the one on the left has an extra upright (goodness knows what they are called in architectural terms) on the bottom level and the one on the right has an overhang just above the clock and in the one on the left, the middle bell opening seems to be taller and narrower (although this could be due to perspective with the camera) and has some extra architectural details above the opening. There are probably a bunch of other differences but more difficult to see in a photo. Suffice it to say - the towers are NOt mirror images.

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Thanks for posting these great images! It just makes me more excited about my trip which is coming up oh so soon.

As for the towers, it almost looks like the tower on the right was built after the tower on the left and therefore is taller and slightly different. But I am just guessing for the sake of guessing.
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I think CJ has the answer closest to the one I was given.

One notable feature of this Cathedral is that while the towers are of the same theme, the details of the design are different. I believe they were both built around the same time (in the the mid 1500s).

The bases of the towers are different sizes, and domes at the top are of different sizes, and even the openings are slightly different in each tower. There is not much mention of this on the net, but this is pointed out in the guide books. Some Merida residents that I pointed this out to were surprised to see all the differences when we compared the two towers in my photographs.

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I just read that the towers are the tallest of any cathedral in Mexico, and that they were built from stones from the pyramids.
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I think CJ has the answer closest to the one I was given.

Michael - do I get a gold star, or better still, do I get to leave work early? (Don't I wish!!)

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CJ,

I'll buy you a drink of your choice if we are ever in Playa at the same time.

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I'll buy you a drink of your choice if we are ever in Playa at the same time.

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hey CJ, hit him up for a shot of Don Julio 1942 special reserve as long as he's buyin'
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First you have to lure me into a bar in Playa that serves a high end drink like that.
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After a day in Merida we leave El Centro and get back to Rose’s brother’s home that afternoon. We leave Rosalia to prepare dinner and pick up Rose’s brother to join us on a quick trip out to Progreso to visit with more relatives.

Here are a few pictures of Progreso.

Looking west out to the pier. Those little “blocks” on the pier are full sized semi trucks. That is the biggest pier (length and width) I have ever seen.


And a picture looking east along the Malecon.


Progreso is getting busier every year or so it seems. There were a lot of people in the Ocean that day, I would guess none of them were locals, as the residents of Progreso often complain that it is too cold to be out in the water at that time of year.

We rush back to Merida after dark to feast on the three meat soup that Rosalia has prepared for us that afternoon.

The next day we will venture into the Zona de Cenotes.
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I love your great photo/trip report. You'd make a wonderful tour guide. Seeing as I live in the frozen tundra, your pictures help me get through the cold winter days. Keep them coming!


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