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Chetumal’s lighthouse constitutes one of the architectural pieces of more historic value in the city and it is without a doubt one of the most beloved and admired structures, specially by those who’ve been living here the longest, since they witnessed its creation during the early years of Chetumal’s life in 1949, only a few years after the name “Payo obispo” was replaced.

Nowadays, said construction has been rescued and turned into a museum; the “Federico R. Alcérreca” Museum, a place destined to preserve the nautical-historical legacy of Payo obispo/Chetumal through photo-galleries, historical summaries, interactive models, and that also counts with the necessary technological touch to provide that entertaining feeling any modern museum should have.

The museum, located as we said, inside the old lighthouse of Chetumal, counts with 5 rooms, through which you’ll be able to know more about the regional history of navigation, how a lighthouse works, the life of Mr. Alcérreca (responsible for the constructions of the tower, and the person after whom the structure was named), different lighthouses around Quintana Roo, as well as to enjoy a little nautical simulator -very similar to a video game-. All of this makes of the lighthouse museum an entertaining and interesting experience. Plus, it’s free of charge and you can also take the guided tour.

 The Chetumal lighthouse is the silent witness of an era in which sailing worked as the main mode of communication; it has put up with the furious winds of three hurricanes; “Janet” in 1955, “ Carmen in 1974 and “Dean in 2007, and it still conserves its historical value as a steadfast reminder of a crucial period in Chetumal’s life.

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