Motul, Yucatán

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Location of Motul in Yucatán
Location of Motul in Yucatán
Motul is located in Yucatán
Location of Motul in Yucatán
Coordinates: 21°10′0″N 89°28′0″W / 21.16667°N 89.46667°W / 21.16667; -89.46667Coordinates: 21°10′0″N 89°28′0″W / 21.16667°N 89.46667°W / 21.16667; -89.46667
Country  Mexico
State Flag of Yucatan.svg Yucatán
Granted City Status 1872
Population (2005)
 • Total 21,508
 • Demonym Motulen
Time zone Central Standard Time (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) Central Daylight Time (UTC-5)
Postal Code 97430
Area code(s) 991
INEGI Code 052
Major Airport Merida (Manuel Crescencio Rejón) International Airport
Website Official Site

Motul is a small city in the Mexican state of Yucatán, located some 44 km east of Mérida at 21°10′N 89°28′W / 21.167°N 89.467°W / 21.167; -89.467. The city serves as the municipal seat for the surrounding Motul Municipality. In the census of 2005 the population of the town of Motul was 21,508 people, while the municipality had a population of 31,547, living on an area of 297.63 km² (114.92 sq mi).


Motul was a site of the Pre-Columbian Maya civilization, said to have been founded in the 11th century by a priest named Zac Mutul. The city was ruled by the Pech family. After the fall of Yucatán's central government in Mayapan in the 1440s, the Pech ruled a regional kingdom called Cehpech with its capital in Motul.

With the Spanish conquest of Yucatán, Conquistador Francisco de Montejo made Motul a Spanish colonial town. Motul has a Spanish colonial era Franciscan monastery with interesting frescos.

Motul was granted the status of a city on 22 February 1872.

Motul was the birthplace of Felipe Carrillo Puerto, a former Governor of Yucatán who was assassinated in 1924. In his honor, the formal name of the city of Motul was changed to Motul de Carrillo Puerto.

Motul is known as the place of origin of the popular dish huevos motuleños (eggs Motul style).


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