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CAMPECHE-----A State and A City And Loaded With History

sunny 35 °C

Helen and I and 2 other friends, Dave and Dianna, rented a car and went on a road trip t0 Campeche (about a 7 hour drive south of Playa del Carmen).

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===Situated on the Gulf of Mexico it has the most picturesque setting. Our hotel was right on the Gulf and the view was spectacular.

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Campeche was officially founded by the Spanish in 1540, becoming the main Spanish port from where Spanish influence
spread over the Yucatan. After being continuing attacked by Pirates such as Henry Morgan and Francis Drake, the Spanish constructed the city walls in 1686. The walled city is now a UNESCO world heritage site.

Local legend has a young girl who fell in love with a pirate who promised to return. She is still waiting for him today.

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This is at the Sea Gate. There is art throughout the city and this statue depicts a perfect angel.

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The Cathedral of De Nuestra Senora de la Purisima Concepcion at the back of the Central Plaza

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cathedral at night

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Buying a Panama hat

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A Pirate with his women

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A replica of the old Government Centre, now houses the Library

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San Francisco de Campeche sits on the grounds where the first Mass was held in the New World.

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The Black Jesus. The black crucifix was put here in 1565.

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Defending the City

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The City Walls

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Posted by keithandhelen 07:51 Archived in Mexico

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what a beautiful angel....... great pictures,

24.02.2013 by CL

It looks like a fabulous city....we have left the warmth and are now shivering in France!

26.02.2013 by Hawkson

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