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Before the Spaniards arrived, Merida had been the very large Mayan city known as Ichcansiho; also as T'Ho. Once conquered, the city of Tiho was dismantled and the stones from its pyramids were used as the foundation for the Cathedral of San Ildelfonso (1556-1599), the oldest cathedral on the American continent. Montejos were the first Spaniards to seriously attempt the conquest of the Yucatan. The Spaniards established this capital among the empty buildings of a Mayan classic city called Tiho or Ichcaanziho, renaming the city Merida after a city of Roman ruins in Spain.