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While exploring Mérida's historic Centro you will surely discover some of the more than one-hundred plaster corner plaques with names like ‘El Elefante’, ‘El Loro’ and ‘La Tortola’.

Some are literal, centuries-old land-markers as with ‘El Arco de Santa Ana’ while others like ‘El Motor Electrico’ are clearly from more recent times. But what do they mean?

Through its 400+ year existence, Mérida grew into an often confusing grid of streets and lanes that made finding places difficult. In response, businesses and residents marked their important corners with murals, paintings and sculptures.

While most of the originals have faded away, the City has restored the corners with iconic plaques in their characteristic earthy-red, hand-drawn style.