The Parque Hidalgo was originally named after Manuel Cepeda Peraza (Military officer and Governor of the State 1828 - 1869). Later the name was changed to honor the Priest Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla. Here, one of the first hotels in the city was founded which continues to function today, and is distinguished by its wholly French-style facade. This plaza is located just one block from the Zocalo, in front of the Company of Jesus Church, and a few steps from the Peon Contreras Theater. Hidalgo Park is also one of the best places to take part in Merida’s Carnival or Fiesta Saturdays.