Izamal was founded in the mid-16th century on what was a Mayan city. It owes its name to Itzamná "dew that descends from the skies", Mayan god of the sun and wisdom.
Izamal is located 72 km east of the City of Merida. It was one of the most important and ancient City-states of the Mayans even before Chichen Itza and Uxmal.
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In Izamal there are still four of the seven pyramids built by the Mayans. These four pyramids are: Pyramid of Kinich KacKmó, Pyramid of Tu ‘Ul“ the rabbit ”, Pyramid of Habuk and Pyramid of Itzamatúl.
Other of the most important attractions built during the colonial period by the Spanish are: The Convent of San Antonio de Padua, founded in 1549 by Fray Diego de Landa and by the Franciscan missionaries.
The atrium of this convent is made up of 75 arches, which places it as the largest closed atrium in America, and the second largest closed atrium in the world after St. Peter's Square in the Vatican.