Ticul’s elaborate, high-domed 18th-century main church (Calle 25A between Calles 24 and 26) has a beautiful stained-glass window over an arched doorway framed by simple columns. Other than those flourishes, the structure possesses the pleasant unadorned austerity typical of so many Franciscan churches in this region. Next to it is a Franciscan monastery built 200 years earlier. Both are on the central plaza—impossible to miss.
The Galería de Arte Juanita Canche de Manzanero (central plaza, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. and 7–9 p.m. Mon.–Fri., and 4–9 p.m. Sat.–Sun.) is a modest gallery, with photos, paintings, and occasional exhibitions and performances. It is named for the mother of famed Mexican crooner Armando Manzanero, who wrote and performed hundreds of songs, including Somos novios and Voy a apagar la luz. Manzanero was born in Mérida, but his mother is a native of Ticul.
© Gary Chandler & Liza Prado from Moon Yucatán Peninsula, 9th edition