Petcanche

State: Yucatan

Type of Hacienda: Sisal

Service: Private residence.

Location: It is located in the northwest of Merida, at the junction of the Chichí Suárez road with the inner ring road, in the area that bears the name of the hacienda.

History:According to the Catalogue of Heritage sites, Haciendas and Villas published by Merida City Council, construction dates from the 16th century, and its first owner was perhaps Francisco de Loaiza. The chapel here, part of the diocese of Yucatan, housed for many years the mortal remains of two illustrious Yucatecan bishops: Leandro Rodríguez de la Gala and Crescencio Carrillo y Ancona, because of legal ordinances that no longer permitted the burial of bishops in the cathedral crypt. At the beginning of the 1960s, the main house was used to house Cuban exiles fleeing their country. In the same decade, during the administration of governor Carlos Loret de Mola, the site was used as a reformatory for minor offenders. It was also temporary home to the Barefoot Carmelite nuns, who occupied the property for eight months in 1988. Its present owners use it as a retreat. On the 22nd of July 1997 the house was declared a city heritage site by the then mayor of Merida, Patricio Patrón Laviada.