The mock up can be found on the Bays Boulevard within a English style wooden structure that transports the visitor to Chetumal origins in the XX Century, when it was still called Payo Obispo and was a small colony made of wooden houses with bright colors and Caribbean style, with dirt roads and cisterns at each home.

This miniature is the work of Luis Reinhardt Mc-Liberty, that during its fiftieth anniversary ( 1986) of the reincorporation of Quintana Roo as a federal territory, proposed the idea of reconstructing a scale model of the old Payo Obispo colony, according to his memories.

Approximately 32 city blocks make up the old Payo Obispo Port.  You will find a small sign with the original street names upon them : 5 de mayo, 16 de septiembre, Miguel Hidalgo, Reforma, 5 de junio, 2 de abril, Juárez, Independencia, 22 de enero, 22 de marzo, Othón P. Blanco, Ébano e Ignacio Zaragoza, this last one being the city limit.

You can also appreciate historical building such as the Governors Palace, in old English style, it had three levels; you can also find the Governors House. You may also find telegraph poles which were installed in 1904, a soldiers barracks, the old Hidalgo Park and the border Aduana building, also represented is the historical Pontón Chetumal. They appear on the fiscal docks, military docks and a primary school which was the first site of free education after approval by the state in 1927.

This scale representation of the founders lives, shows that the ancient city of Payo Obispo, with its boats, homes, streets, trees, parks, latrines, chickens  and cisterns.

The cistern, conceived to save rain water that would be destined for domestic consumption, is a wooden tunnel that descends to a zinc canal  from a roof with terracotta tones. It was used because there were hardly any wells, and after many decades, there are still some evidence of its existence.

A fundamental part of the miniature are the homes, that were made over a century ago using pines and mahogany trees. Support columns were made with jabin, machiche and zapote. The floors were made with mahogany also, and are more than a meter off the floor in order to defend themselves from humidity and animals. The roofs were made from zinc sheets brought from Great Britain.

It should also be mentioned that the first architectural image that characterised Chetumal is an analogue of the Caribbean countries colonised by the English such as Belize, Barbados and Jamaica. It is a style where British, Spanish and locals have an influence.

The hispanic traits are in the corridors which were conceived in order to protect the inhabitants from the sun. The English, in their Caribbean version, appear on this walls, the attics, the handrails, crests, baseboards, lattice work and cisterns which are symbols of Chetumal.

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Payo Obispo Model Gallery