Hi there my Steemit friends and followers!
I am finally coming with the post dedicated to the stunning architecture of the Mexican city of Campeche that I promised to make for you a few weeks ago.
Officially known as San Francisco de Campeche, Campeche City is the largest and capital city of the Mexican state of Campeche. Located on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico in the southwestern part of the Yucatan Peninsula, the city is currently home to some 220,000 people who refer to themselves as "Campechanos".
Founded in 1540 by Spanish colonialists, the city was built on the site of what used to be the ancient Mayan city of Can Pech. A significant part of the old buildings built by the Spaniards in the 16th and 17th century is still well preserved, giving the city its characteristic colonial atmosphere and the unique historic feel.
In the 17th and 18th century, Campeche City was frequently attacked by pirates and buccaneers, which is why massive stone fortifications were built in the city. Most of the fortifications is still preserved too, making for some popular tourist landmarks these days.
The majestic fortified walls and magnificent colonial churches and cathedrals of Campeche City look very impressive but it actually were the picturesque brightly colored old houses that made the biggest impression on me while exploring the city.
For long hours, we were just aimlessly roaming the old streets in the historic center of the city, admiring the vintage beauty of the colorful houses. I took a lot of photos there and after some selection and editing, I picked 40 that I would like to share with you here on Steemit. Not to overwhelm you with all the colors though, I decided to split the photo collection into two parts, each featuring 20 photos. Here is the first part.
I hope you enjoyed these colorful photos. If you did, stay tuned for the second part of this special collection that will be posted here on my blog next Tuesday ;)