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St. Michael Archangel, San Miguel Arcangel, 16th century, Mani, Yucatan

<p>St. Michael Archangel, San Miguel Arcangel, 16<sup>th</sup> century, Mani, Yucatan</p>

The Franciscan monastery at Mani was founded in 1547. The cornerstone was laid in 1550 under the direction of friar-architect Juan de Mérida. Built on the platform of a Maya temple, stones from the Maya structure were utilized to build the convento. Construction was complete by 1580. This historic convento was the place where Fray Diego de Landa, acting with the authority of the Spanish Inquisition, prosecuted an auto da fe in which hundreds of Maya documents and books were burned. (Perry, Maya Missions)