Franciscan Monastery of Saint Michael the Archangel

Franciscan monastery at Mani

June 1995

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Mani is best known for this massive Franciscan Monastery of Saint Michael the Archangel built in 1549. Under the direction of Fray Juan de Merida, the major portion of the construction was accomplished in only 6 months through the efforts of some 6000 Maya laborers.

During the previous century the Xiu family had established Mani as the most important Maya center in the northern half of the Yucatan after they had defeated the rival Cocoms at Mayapan in 1441.

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