The haciendas of Yucatan are a living example of the history of our State: they preserve the occupations, trades and culture of the individuals who people a past of conquest and want, but also of glory. The book Haciendas of Yucatan: chronicle of a Renaissance offers a guide to the different haciendas of Yucatan, looking at their diverse origins, history and modern roles. The textconstitutes a testimony to the rebirth of the haciendas, allowing us to discover the current state of the buildings, activities that are carried out in each one and the location of the most important examples in the State. This book explains the integration of the contemporary hacienda into the economic, social, ecological and cultural life of our society; and contributes to our culture byreclaiming the importance of the haciendas as a fundamental element of the country, of our Yucatan.
A witnesses to a recent past - as architectural monuments in some cases, as examples of what is now called “historical heritage”, or even as potential sources of income for the State – the old buildings which housed the haciendas of Yucatan today comprise a rich cultural treasure whosevalue has only recently begun to be recognized.
In synthesis, the life – or “lives” – of the haciendas of Yucatán could be summed up by saying they began as stretches of land and modern buildings designed for working the land – first manually, then with machinery -, they then spent decades and decades as ruins until today, when post-modernity has opened our eyes to the past in its quest forpreservation of ever-endangered identity.
Address: 35 km northeast of Merida, Ruins of Ake, Tixkokob, Yucatan, Mexico
Tucked between weeds and stone paths, San Lorenzo de Aké, lies northeast of the capital of Yucatan, as a place where past and present merge to mark a civilization struggling to survive.
Located at the archaeological site of Ake, approximately 8 kilometers Tixkokobby the road to Tahmek.
North of the hacienda on a platform high Prehispanic, built a small church.
Is connected to the city of Merida directly by a new road passing through the towns of Tixpehual, Tixkokob and Ekmul and the highway to Cancun to the people of Takmek. From Aké also can access the railway station to the people of Euan's northern coast and Izamal Telchac. There is also aSac-Be-Ake Izamal Maya.
San Lorenzo Aké past was originated and when they formed the old cattle ranches in the colonial era.
In AKE ("place of reeds" or "Place wet") are seen traces of the cultural mix: the pre-Hispanic foundations and the carved stones were used to build the new buildings of the conquistadors and centuries later, for the construction of the estate which patron saintwas San Lorenzo.
Ake has a variety of attractions, an estate which for years has flourished thanks to the care of their own, ancient legends around the same, stale machines shredders where they are still working the "Green Gold" (henequen or sisal), "Sacbe ( Mayan road), a type cenote cavern, and a set of ruins and mounds of stone, archaeological remains of the past glory of the Mayan people.
Itwas visited in the past by foreign travelers who gave the world the Maya culture. Thus, the November 16, 1842. John L. Stephens was in Ake and described in his book published a year later, Incidents of Travel in Yucatan.
That shows for the first time the monumental aspect of the construction of Ake, as compared with those previously visited. In 1857, Desire Charnay Aké site visit and hisimpressions are published later in the sixteenth chapter of his book The ancient cities of the new world.
He made the first tentative plan of the site and leave us the first great illustration of the great structure of the pillars. He said the site had to be the center of a large population in the past and calculations for site 1 km long.
In the "center" of the estate have been...