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Caracas

capital and centre of the Greater Caracas Area, Venezuela

Caracas is the capital city of Venezuela. Santiago de Leòn de Losada founded the city in 1567. It is where Simon Bolivar was born. The city has nearly 6 million people, who live in the metropolitan area. Caracas is the center of the economical activity of the country and also hosts the main government offices of Venezuela.

Caracas
City
Santiago de León de Caracas
Nickname(s): 
La Sultana del Ávila (The Avila's Sultana)
La Sucursal del Cielo (Heaven's Branch on Earth)
CountryVenezuela
StateVenezuelan Capital District
Miranda
MunicipalityLibertador
Founded25 July 1567
Founded byDiego de Losada
MetropolitanMunicipalities: Libertador, Chacao, Baruta, Sucre, El Hatillo
Government
 • TypeMayor-council
 • BodyAlcaldía Metropolitana de Caracas
 • MayorAntonio Ledezma (ABP)
Area
 • Metro
1,930 km2 (750 sq mi)
Elevation
900 m (3,000 ft)
Population
 (2009)
 • Density1,431.5/km2 (3,708/sq mi)
 • Metro
5,196,514
Demonym(s)caraqueño (m), caraqueña (f)
Time zoneUTC-04:30 (VST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-04:30 (not observed)

After WW2 the city has experienced a huge growth, thanks to the oil revenues of the country. Nearly half a million Europeans immigrated to the city in the 1950s ( that had in those years only one million inhabitants) and so Caracas developed a typical western-European look in the new modern areas.

SportsEdit

All the best teams of the sports done in Venezuela are concentrated in the metropolitan area of Caracas. Between those teams we have:

Famous sitesEdit

  • Avila National Park
  • Humbolt Tramway
  • Simon Bolivar Birthplace
  • Caracas Cathedral
  • Bolivar Square
  • Altamira Square
  • East Park
  • Los Proceres
  • Parque Central
  • Centro Comercial Tamanaco
  • Sambil Mall

BuildingsEdit

Many beautiful modern buildings can be seen in the city. Here there are some of them:

 
Caracas in a 1840 painting
  •   - Parque Central
  •   - Plaza Venezuela Buildings
  • - Casa de Italia
  •   - Torre Britanica
  •   - Torre La Previsora