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Mérida in Municipality of Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico — The Southeast (Yucatan Peninsula)
 

The House of the Headless Friar

 
 
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By J. Makali Bruton, February 18, 2019
1. The House of the Headless Friar Marker
Inscription.  

Casa del Culcal Kin
Calle 64 Nos. 556, 558 por 71 y 73
Patrimonio de la Nación
Camino Real a Campeche

English translation:
The House of the Headless Friar
556-558 Calle 64 between Calles 71 and 73
A National Heritage Site
Royal Road to Campeche
 
Erected by Ciudad de Mérida.
 
Location. 20° 57.644′ N, 89° 37.631′ W. Marker is in Mérida, Yucatán, in Municipality of Mérida. Marker is on Calle 64 just north of Calle 73, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Calle 64 556, Mérida, Yucatán 97000, Mexico. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Calle 64 (within shouting distance of this marker); Consuelo Zavala C. (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); General Manuel Cepeda Peraza (about 150 meters away); The San Juan Arch (about 210 meters away); The Harem (about 210 meters away); Colegio Montejo Annex
The House of the Headless Friar Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, February 18, 2019
2. The House of the Headless Friar Marker
(about 240 meters away); Benito Juárez (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); Temple of St. John the Baptist (approx. 0.3 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mérida.
 
Regarding The House of the Headless Friar. There are many local myths about the statue of the Kucal Kin or Headless Friar. One legend says that the head (and probably the Christ Child too, assuming the statue was of Saint Anthony) was taken off by a cannon ball during the fighting to end the French Intervention in the Yucatán in 1867. Other legends revolve around the headless friar coming to life at night and walking the quiet streets, haunting the dreams of the neighbors.
 
Categories. Churches & ReligionMan-Made Features
 
Culcal Kin or The Headless Friar image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, February 18, 2019
3. Culcal Kin or The Headless Friar
The statue includes a knotted belt, indicating that originally it may have been of a Franciscan friar.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 20, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 19, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 19, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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