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Iglesia de Eknakan, Cuzama

#34 of 39 in Historic Sites in Yucatan
Church · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Hacienda Eknakán (aka San José Eknacán) is located in the Cuzamá Municipality in the state of Yucatán in southeastern Mexico 48 kilometers southeast of the city of Merida, between the towns of Acanceh and Cuzamá. It is one of the properties that arose during the nineteenth century henequen boom. It is unusual in that it was built with the plan to become a religious center around its church.
The name is a word from the Mayan language meaning the black house of the snake.
Take the Mérida-Valladolid highway 180 east to the Teya-Peto cut off . Proceed south to Acanceh and take the Carretera Acanceh–Cuzamá southeast to Eknakán. The puebla and hacienda of the same name, is located approximately 4 km prior to reaching Cuzamá.
The hacienda was built as a cattle ranch and later switched to henequen.
Richard Molina Solís purchased "San José Eknacán" in 1872 and three years later began the commercial planting of henequen and began rapidly increasing the acreage available for planting. In 1901 Molina expanded the operation by purchasing Dzitiná and in 1903 he acquired Hacienda San Isidro Ochil, 20 miles to the south.
Agrarian reforms first occurred in Eknakán in 1919 but lands were not ceded to surrounding towns until 1921-22, at which point nearly 1,500 hectares of land were awarded to the town of Seyé. In 1923 the hacienda lost an additional 861.94 hectares of acreage to Cuzamá. Though the owners appealed all the way to the Supreme Court, the land awards were upheld in 1929 and an additional portion of land given to Acanceh. Despite these disputes, the henequen production remained in private hands on Eknakán until 1935. As the land reforms of 1937 progressed, the hacienda owners’ holdings were reduced to 144 hectares.
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  • Very original, compared to the others that you can see in Yucatán area, But just to go and see this chuch, .... Was woth it when the original cenotes of this area Was open... Not what they aré trying....  more »
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