The cultural city of Izamal has a rich history and spirituality. Izamal is honored by being named after the god Itzamna. The founder of the Mayan culture, Itzamna brought his people maize and cacao and taught them writing, healing, and the use of calendars. As the bringer of culture he became the state-god of the Mayan empire. He bears the title of 'lord of knowledge' and is known for his red hot healing hands.
Izamal is a magical city and has always been a place of magic and healing. Since the time of the Conquest, Izamal has been home to many miracles, attributed now to the Virgin Mary. The late Pope John Paul II visited Izamal in 1993 and has been one of Izamal's claims to fame ever since. Visit inside the church and see the beautifully restored altarpiece, the stained-glass window of St. Francis of Asissi, and many statues along the walls. On the second floor the statue of Our Lady of Izamal, Queen and Patron Saint of Yucatán, is housed.