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CARACAS (Spanish pronunciation: ; locally ), officially SANTIAGO DE LEóN DE CARACAS, is the capital, the center of the GREATER CARACAS AREA , and the largest city of Venezuela
Venezuela
. Caracas
Caracas
is located along the Guaire River in the northern part of the country, following the contours of the narrow Caracas
Caracas
Valley on the Venezuelan coastal mountain range (Cordillera de la Costa). Terrain suitable for building lies between 760 and 910 m (2,490 and 2,990 ft) above sea level . The valley is close to the Caribbean Sea , separated from the coast by a steep 2,200-metre-high (7,200 ft) mountain range , Cerro El Ávila ; to the south there are more hills and mountains.

The METROPOLITAN DISTRICT OF CARACAS is made up of five municipalities: Libertador Municipality which is the only administrative division of the Venezuelan Capital District , and four other municipalities, which are within in Miranda State : Chacao , Baruta , Sucre
Sucre
, and El Hatillo . Libertador holds many of the government buildings and is the Capital District (_Distrito Capital_). The Distrito Capital had a population of 2,013,366 as of 2011 , while the Metropolitan District of Caracas was estimated at 3,273,863 as of 2013. The Metropolitan Region of Caracas has an estimated population of 5,243,301.

Businesses in the city include service companies, banks, and malls. Caracas
Caracas
has a largely service-based economy, apart from some industrial activity in its metropolitan area. The Caracas
Caracas
Stock Exchange and Petróleos de Venezuela
Venezuela
(PDVSA) are headquartered in Caracas. PDVSA is the largest company in Venezuela. Caracas
Caracas
is also Venezuela's cultural capital, with many restaurants, theaters, museums, and shopping centers. Some of the tallest skyscrapers in Latin America are located in Caracas.

In 2015, Caracas
Caracas
had the highest per capita murder rates in the world, with 119 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants. Most murders and other violent crimes go unsolved.

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 Symbols * 3 Local government

* 4 Economy

* 4.1 Cost of living * 4.2 Tourism

* 5 Geography

* 5.1 Climate

* 6 Demographics

* 6.1 Crime

* 7 Landmarks

* 7.1 Federal Capitol * 7.2 East Park * 7.3 Teresa Carreño Cultural Complex * 7.4 Simón Bolívar\'s Birthplace Home * 7.5 National Pantheon * 7.6 Parque Central Complex * 7.7 Public squares * 7.8 El Hatillo * 7.9 Cerro El Ávila * 7.10 Las Mercedes
Las Mercedes
* 7.11 Altamira neighborhood * 7.12 Religious buildings * 7.13 Landmarks

* 8 Colleges, universities and international schools

* 8.1 Central University of Venezuela
Venezuela
* 8.2 Simón Bolívar University * 8.3 Other universities * 8.4 International schools

* 9 Sports

* 9.1 Teams

* 10 Culture

* 10.1 Gastronomy

* 11 Notable people * 12 Transportation

* 13 International relations

* 13.1 Twin towns and Sister Cities * 13.2 Union of Ibero-American Capital Cities

* 14 Districts * 15 See also * 16 Notes and references * 17 Bibliography * 18 External links

HISTORY

See also: Timeline of Caracas

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Conqueror Diego de Losada
Diego de Losada
, founder of Santiago
Santiago
de León de Caracas
Caracas

At the time of the founding of the city in 1567, the valley of Caracas
Caracas
was populated by indigenous peoples. Francisco Fajardo , the son of a Spanish captain and a Guaiqueri _cacica _, attempted to establish a plantation in the valley in 1562 after founding a series of coastal towns. Fajardo's settlement did not last long. It was destroyed by natives of the region led by Terepaima and Guaicaipuro . This was the last rebellion on the part of the natives. On 25 July 1567, Captain Diego de Losada
Diego de Losada
laid the foundations of the city of _ Santiago
Santiago
de León de Caracas_. The foundation − 1567 – "I take possession of this land in the name of God and the King" These were the words of Don Diego de Losada
Diego de Losada
in founding the city of Caracas
Caracas
on 25 July 1567. In 1577 Caracas
Caracas
became the capital of the Spanish Empire
Spanish Empire
's Venezuela
Venezuela
Province under Governor Juan de Pimentel (1576–1583).

During the 17th century, the coast of Venezuela
Venezuela
was frequently raided by pirates . With the coastal mountains as a barrier, Caracas
Caracas
was relatively immune to such attacks. However, in 1595 , around 200 English privateers including George Sommers and Amyas Preston crossed the mountains through a little-used pass while the town's defenders were guarding the more often-used one. Encountering little resistance, the invaders sacked and set fire to the town after a failed ransom negotiation.

As the cocoa cultivation and exports under the Compañía Guipuzcoana de Caracas
Caracas
grew in importance, the city expanded. In 1777, Caracas became the capital of the Captaincy General of Venezuela
Venezuela
. Caracas, as painted by Joseph Thomas in 1839

José María España and Manuel Gual led an attempted revolution aimed at independence, but the rebellion was put down on 13 July 1797. Caracas
Caracas
was ultimately the site of the signing of a Declaration of Independence on 5 July 1811. In 1812, an earthquake destroyed Caracas . The revolutionary war continued until 24 June 1821, when Bolívar defeated royalists in the Battle of Carabobo . Caracas
Caracas
cityscape in early 1900s.

Caracas
Caracas
grew in economic importance during Venezuela's oil boom in the early 20th century. During the 1950s, Caracas
Caracas
began an intensive modernization program which continued throughout the 1960s and early 1970s. The Universidad Central de Venezuela
Venezuela
, designed by modernist architect Carlos Raúl Villanueva and declared World Heritage
World Heritage
by UNESCO
UNESCO
, was built. New working- and middle-class residential districts sprouted in the valley, extending the urban area toward the east and southeast. Joining El Silencio , also designed by Villanueva, were several workers' housing districts, 23 de Enero and Simon Rodriguez. Middle-class developments include Bello Monte, Los Palos Grandes, Chuao, and El Cafetal. The dramatic change in the economic structure of the country, which went from being primarily agricultural to dependent on oil production, stimulated the fast development of Caracas, and made it a magnet for people in rural communities who migrated to the capital city in an unplanned fashion searching for greater economic opportunity. This migration created the _rancho_ (slum) belt of the valley of Caracas.

SYMBOLS

Colonial painting of Our Lady of Caracas, Patroness of the city

The flag of Caracas
Caracas
consists of a burgundy red field with the version of the Coat of Arms
Coat of Arms
of the City (effective since the 1980s). The red field symbolises the blood spilt by Caraquenian people in favour of independence and the highest ideals of the Venezuelan Nation. Later, in the year 1994, presumably as a result of the change of municipal authorities, it was decided to increase the size of the Caracas
Caracas
coat of arms and move it to the centre of the field. This version of the flag is still in use today.

The coat of arms of the City of Caracas
Caracas
was adopted by the Libertador Municipality to identify itself. Later, the Metropolitan Mayor Office assumed the lion, the scallop and Saint James\' Cross for the same purpose.

The anthem of the city is the _Marcha a Caracas
Caracas
_, written by the composer Tiero Pezzuti de Matteis with the lyrics by José Enrique Sarabia . The lyrics are said to be inspired by the heroism of the Caraquenian people, and the memory of the _City of Red Roofs_. Incidentally, the National Anthem
National Anthem
of Venezuela, _Gloria al Bravo Pueblo _, includes the lines "...y si el despotismo levanta la voz, seguid el ejemplo que Caracas
Caracas
dio" ("...and if despotism raises its voice, follow the example that Caracas
Caracas
gave"), reflecting the fact that, in addition to generously providing many heroic fighters to the War of Independence, the junta established in Caracas
Caracas
(19 April 1810) served as inspiration for other regions to do the same—as did its declaration of independence a year later.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Caracas
Caracas
has five municipalities: Baruta, El Hatillo, Chacao, Libertador and Sucre. Under the constitution of Venezuela
Venezuela
, municipal governments have two branches: the executive (governed by a mayor) and the legislative (managed by a municipal council ). On 8 March 2000, the year after a new constitution was introduced in Venezuela, it was decreed in _Gaceta Official_ N° 36,906 that the Metropolitan District of Caracas
Caracas
would be created, and that some of the powers of these municipalities would be delegated to the _Alcaldía Mayor_, physically located in the large Libertador municipality, in the center of the city..

ECONOMY

Caracas Stock Exchange building in El Rosal district

Businesses that are located here include service companies, banks, and malls, among others. It has a largely service-based economy, apart from some industrial activity in its metropolitan area. The Caracas Stock Exchange and Petróleos de Venezuela
Venezuela
(PDVSA) are headquartered here. The PDVSA is the largest company in Venezuela, and negotiates all the international agreements for the distribution and export of petroleum. When the company existed, the airline Viasa had its headquarters in the Torre Viasa.

Caracas' central business district is Milla de Oro, which is located in the north of the Baruta municipality and the south of the Chacao municipality, it is one of largest financial districts of Latin America, it is home to many companies and is dominated by numerous high-rises. Other important business districts include Plaza Venezuela, Parque Central Complex and El Recreo.

Small and medium-size industry contributes to the Caracas
Caracas
economy. The city provides communication and transportation infrastructure between the metropolitan area and the rest of the country. Important industries in Caracas
Caracas
include chemicals , textiles, leather, food , iron and wood products. There are also rubber and cement factories. Its GDP(Nominal) is 70 billion USD and the GDP(PPP) per Capita is.USD 24,000

COST OF LIVING

A 2009 United Nations survey reported that the cost of living in Caracas
Caracas
was 89% of that of its baseline city: New York. However, this statistic is based upon a fixed currency-exchange-rate of 2003 and might not be completely realistic, due to the elevated inflation rates of the last several years.

TOURISM

In 2013, the World Economic forum evaluated countries in terms of how successful they were in advertising campaigns to attract foreign visitors. Out of the 140 countries evaluated, Venezuela
Venezuela
fell in the last place. There are multiple factors that contribute to the lack of tourism in Caracas. A major factor that has contributed to the lack of foreign visitors has been poor transport for tourists. Venezuela
Venezuela
has limited railway systems and airlines. High crime rates and the negative attitude of the Venezuelan population towards tourism also contributed to the poor evaluation.

In an attempt to attract more foreign visitors, the Venezuelan Ministry of Tourism invested in multiple hotel infrastructures. The largest hotel investment has been in the Hotel Alba Caracas. The cost for the general maintenance of the north and south towers of the hotel is approximately 231.5 million Venezuelan bolivars.

Although the Venezuelan Ministry of Tourism has taken the initiative to recognize the importance of the tourism industry, the Venezuelan government has not placed the tourism industry as an economic priority. In 2013, the budget for the Ministry of Tourism was only 173.8 million bolivars, while the Ministry of the Youth received approximately 724.6 million bolivars.

The tourism industry in Venezuela
Venezuela
contributes approximately 3.8 percent of the country GDP. Venezuela's current goal is to reach a GDP of 7.6 percent. The World Economic Forum predicts Venezuela's GDP to rise to 4.2 percent by 2022.

GEOGRAPHY

Caracas
Caracas
is contained entirely within a valley of the Venezuelan central range , and separated from the Caribbean coast by a roughly 15 kilometres (9 miles) expanse of El Ávila National Park . The valley is relatively small and quite irregular, the altitude with respect to sea level varies from between 870 and 1,043 meters (2,854 and 3,422 ft), with 900 meters (3,000 feet) in the historic zone. This, along with the rapid population growth, has profoundly influenced the urban development of the city. The most elevated point of the Capital District, wherein the city is located, is the _Pico El Ávila_, which rises to 2,159 meters (7,083 feet). The main body of water in Caracas is the Guaire River , which flows across the city and empties into the _ Tuy River _, which is also fed by the _El Valle_ and _San Pedro_ rivers, in addition to numerous streams which descend from El Ávila. The _La Mariposa_ and _Camatagua_ reservoirs provide water to the city. The city is occasionally subject to earthquakes - notably in 1641 and 1967.

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Day view of El Avila National Park from Parque del Este
Parque del Este
*

Galipán, town atop El Ávila *

View of the _Rio Guaire_ canyon, main body of water that passes through Caracas
Caracas
*

View of the Avila gondola lift starting from Caracas
Caracas
to Hotel Humboldt station

CLIMATE

View of the east side of Caracas
Caracas

Under the Köppen climate classification
Köppen climate classification
, Caracas
Caracas
has a tropical savanna climate (Aw). Caracas
Caracas
is also intertropical, with precipitation that varies between 900 and 1,300 millimeters (35 and 51 inches) (annual), in the city proper, and up to 2,000 millimeters (79 inches) in some parts of the Mountain range. While Caracas
Caracas
is within the tropics, due to its altitude temperatures are generally not nearly as high as other tropical locations at sea level. The annual average temperature is approximately 23.8 °C (75 °F), with the average of the coldest month (January) 22.8 °C (73 °F) and the average of the warmest month (July) 25.0 °C (77 °F), which gives a small annual thermal amplitude of 2.2 °C (4.0 °F). In the months of December and January abundant fog may appear, in addition to a sudden nightly drop in temperature, until reaching 8 °C (46 °F). This peculiar weather is known by the natives of Caracas
Caracas
as the _Pacheco_. In addition, nightly temperatures at any time of the year are much (14 to 20 °C) lower than daytime highs and usually do not remain above 24 °C (75 °F), resulting in very pleasant evening temperatures. Hail storms appear in Caracas, although only on rare occasions. Electrical storms are much more frequent, especially between June and October, due to the city being in a closed valley and the orographic action of Cerro El Ávila . Caracas
Caracas
record extremes have been reported in other city's stations to reach a minimum of 6 °C (43 °F) and a maximum of 35.5 °C (95.9 °F)

Climate data for Caracas
Caracas
(1970–1998) MONTH JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC YEAR

RECORD HIGH °C (°F) 31.9 (89.4) 34.1 (93.4) 35.3 (95.5) 33.5 (92.3) 34.4 (93.9) 32.8 (91) 33.6 (92.5) 31.5 (88.7) 32.2 (90) 31.4 (88.5) 31.2 (88.2) 30.8 (87.4) 35.3 (95.5)

AVERAGE HIGH °C (°F) 23.3 (73.9) 23.6 (74.5) 24.3 (75.7) 25.0 (77) 25.8 (78.4) 26.0 (78.8) 25.5 (77.9) 25.8 (78.4) 25.5 (77.9) 25.2 (77.4) 24.6 (76.3) 23.8 (74.8) 24.9 (76.8)

DAILY MEAN °C (°F) 19.6 (67.3) 19.7 (67.5) 20.2 (68.4) 21.2 (70.2) 22.0 (71.6) 22.0 (71.6) 21.7 (71.1) 21.9 (71.4) 21.9 (71.4) 21.8 (71.2) 21.3 (70.3) 20.2 (68.4) 21.1 (70)

AVERAGE LOW °C (°F) 15.9 (60.6) 15.8 (60.4) 16.0 (60.8) 17.5 (63.5) 18.2 (64.8) 18.1 (64.6) 17.9 (64.2) 18.1 (64.6) 18.3 (64.9) 18.4 (65.1) 18.0 (64.4) 16.5 (61.7) 17.4 (63.3)

RECORD LOW °C (°F) 7.1 (44.8) 10.9 (51.6) 11.4 (52.5) 12.5 (54.5) 13.1 (55.6) 14.9 (58.8) 14.1 (57.4) 14.3 (57.7) 15.5 (59.9) 13.1 (55.6) 11.9 (53.4) 10.0 (50) 7.1 (44.8)

AVERAGE RAINFALL MM (INCHES) 15.3 (0.602) 13.2 (0.52) 11.4 (0.449) 59.2 (2.331) 81.7 (3.217) 134.1 (5.28) 118.4 (4.661) 123.8 (4.874) 115.4 (4.543) 126.3 (4.972) 72.6 (2.858) 41.4 (1.63) 912.8 (35.937)

AVERAGE RAINY DAYS (≥ 1.0 MM) 6 4 3 7 13 19 19 18 15 15 13 10 142

AVERAGE RELATIVE HUMIDITY (%) 73.7 74.2 73.0 76.3 75.4 75.1 74.1 74.0 74.9 74.7 73.7 74.7 74.5

MEAN MONTHLY SUNSHINE HOURS 229.4 217.5 235.6 183.0 182.9 183.0 210.8 217.0 213.0 210.8 210.0 213.9 2,506.9

Source #1: INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE METEOROLOGíA E HIDROLOGíA (INAMEH)

Source #2: World Meteorological Organization (rainfall data), Hong Kong Observatory (sun only), NOAA(extremes)

DEMOGRAPHICS

According to the population census of 2011 the Caracas
Caracas
proper (Distrito Capital) is over 3.0 million inhabitants, while that of the Metropolitan District of Caracas is estimated at 5.4 million as of 2011 . The vast majority of the population is composed from immigrants and their descendents primarily from Spain, Italy, Germany and Portugal. There is also a considerable Syrian and Lebanese population present in the country. Panoramic view of the Caracas
Caracas
valley from Parque Nacional El Ávila Night view of downtown Caracas
Caracas

CRIME

The slums on the east and west hills of Caracas
Caracas
are the poorest neighborhoods in the city, and where crime tends to be concentrated.

Venezuela
Venezuela
and its capital, Caracas, are reported to both have among the highest per capita murder rates in the world. Caracas
Caracas
is the city with the highest homicide rate in the world outside of a warzone , with a 2016 rate of around 120 murders per 100,000 people. Most murders and other violent crimes go unsolved, with estimates of the number of unresolved crimes as high as 98%. The U.S. Department of State has issued travel warnings for Venezuela
Venezuela
(including Caracas) due to high rates of crime.

LANDMARKS

FEDERAL CAPITOL

The Federal Capitol occupies an entire city block , and, with its golden domes and neoclassical pediments, can seem even bigger. The building was commissioned by Antonio Guzmán Blanco
Antonio Guzmán Blanco
in the 1870s, and is most famous for its Salón Elíptico , an oval hall with a mural-covered dome and walls lined with portraits of the country's great and good. The nearby Palacio Municipal de Caracas dating from 1696 was renovated in the Neoclassical style in 1906 and now serves as the city hall and the Caracas
Caracas
Museum.

EAST PARK

The Caracas
Caracas
East Park (_ Parque del Este
Parque del Este
_, now officially _Parque Generalísimo Francisco de Miranda_) was designed by Brazilian architect Roberto Burle Marx . It is a green paradise in the middle of the city, and it contains a small zoo. A replica of the ship led by Francisco de Miranda , the _Leander_, is in the southern part of the park. Before there used to exist a replica of the Santa Maria ship, used by Christopher Colombus in his voyages to America.

TERESA CARREñO CULTURAL COMPLEX

Main article: Teresa Carreño Cultural Complex

The TERESA CARREñO CULTURAL COMPLEX (_Complejo Cultural Teresa Carreño_), or more commonly the TERESA CARREñO THEATRE (_Teatro Teresa Carreño_), is by far the most important theater of Caracas
Caracas
and Venezuela
Venezuela
. The theater presents symphonic and popular concerts, operas, ballet, and dramatic works. It is the second largest theater in South America, after the Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires
, Argentina.

SIMóN BOLíVAR\'S BIRTHPLACE HOME

Skyscrapers may loom overhead, but there is more than a hint of original colonial flavor in this neatly proportioned reconstruction of the house where Simón Bolívar was born on 24 July 1783. The museum's exhibits include period weapons , banners and uniforms .

Much of the original colonial interior has been replaced by monumental paintings of battle scenes, but more personal relics can be seen in the nearby Bolivarian museum . The pride of the place goes to the coffin in which Bolívar's remains were brought from Colombia
Colombia
; his ashes now rest in the National Pantheon .

NATIONAL PANTHEON

Main article: National Pantheon of Venezuela
Venezuela

Venezuela's most venerated building is five blocks north of Plaza Bolívar, on the northern edge of the old town. Formerly a church, the building was given its new purpose as the final resting place for eminent Venezuelans by Antonio Guzmán Blanco
Antonio Guzmán Blanco
in 1874.

PARQUE CENTRAL COMPLEX

Main article: Parque Central Complex

At a short distance east of Plaza Bolívar is Parque Central, a concrete complex of five high-rise residential slabs of somewhat apocalyptic-appearing architecture, crowned by two 56-storey octagonal towers, one of them is under repair due to the fire which burnt the building on 17 October 2004.

Parque Central is Caracas' art and culture hub, with museums, cinemas and the Teresa Carreño Cultural Complex . The West Tower balcony, on the 52nd floor, gives a 360° bird's-eye view of Caracas.

PUBLIC SQUARES

* _Plaza Bolívar_ is the focus of the old town with the monument to _El Libertador_, Simón Bolívar, at its heart. Modern high-rise buildings have overpowered much of the colonial flavor of Caracas' founding neighbourhood. * _Plaza Venezuela_ is the geographic center of Caracas. It is a large urban plaza at the entrance of the Central University of Venezuela. Kinetic artists have displayed their works there, including Carlos Cruz-Diez
Carlos Cruz-Diez
, Alejandro Otero and Jesus Soto . East of the Plaza is the Plaza Venezuela
Venezuela
Fountain, a large computerized display of water, music and colored light refurbished in 2009 to include the latest available technology. * _Plaza Caracas_ was constructed in 1983. It is in the Simón Bolívar Center. * _Plaza San Jacinto_ dates to 1603 and used to be the site of the city market * _Plaza Los Palos Grandes_ is a modern construction located at the municipality of Chacao. It has a display of water and a beautiful coffee shop. this plaza is the center of free yoga lessons for all the people that want to enjoy the city outdoors. It also has its own library.

EL HATILLO

Main article: El Hatillo Municipality

El Hatillo is a colonial town that is located at the south-east suburbs of Caracas
Caracas
in the municipal area of the same name. This small town, which is one of Venezuela's few well-preserved typical colonial areas, gives an idea of what Caracas
Caracas
was like in centuries past.

CERRO EL ÁVILA

Main article: Cerro El Ávila

_Cerro El Ávila_ (_Mountain El Ávila_) (Indigenous name: Waraira Repano), is a mountain in the mid-North of Venezuela. It rises next to Caracas
Caracas
and separates the city from the Caribbean Sea . It is considered the lungs of Caracas
Caracas
due to the amount of vegitation on the mountain.

LAS MERCEDES

Main article: Las Mercedes (district in Caracas, Venezuela)

This zone contains restaurants with varied gastronomical specialties, along with pubs, bars, pools and art galleries.

ALTAMIRA NEIGHBORHOOD

Main article: Altamira (Caracas)

Altamira is a neighborhood in the Chacao municipality of Caracas. It has its own Metro Station , many hotels, malls and restaurants, and is an important business and cultural centre. The Francisco de Miranda avenue (a major avenue in Caracas) and the Distibuidor Altamira (a congested highway exit ) are both in Altamira.

RELIGIOUS BUILDINGS

The Iglesia de San Francisco is of historical value. Bolívar's funeral was held here twelve years after his death. Here he was proclaimed _Libertador _ in 1813 by the people of Caracas. The church has gilded baroque altarpieces, and retains much of its original colonial interior, despite being given a treatment in the 19th century under the auspices of Antonio Guzmán Blanco
Antonio Guzmán Blanco
, which was intended to be modernizing. It contains some 17th-century masterpieces of art, carvings, sculptures and oil paintings. The Central University of Venezuela, established during the reign of Philip V , was lodged for centuries in the church cloisters next door, which today are the seat of the Language Academy, and the Academies of History, Physics, and Mathematics.

Caracas Cathedral is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Caracas
Caracas
.

The Mosque of Sheikh Ibrahim Al-Ibrahim is the second largest mosque in Latin America. For many years it was the biggest.

The Union Israelita de Caracas
Caracas
is the biggest Synagogue for the Jewish Ashkenazi community in Caracas. Its mission is to host the religious services and preserve the memory of the Jewish heritage in Venezuela. Similarly, Mariperez is the biggest Synagogue for the Jewish Sephardic community in Caracas.

LANDMARKS

*

Parque del Este
Parque del Este
*

Lourdes Chapel *

Palacio de las Academias *

Paseo Los Proceres *

Basilica de Santa Teresa Historic Center *

Federal Capitol *

Parque Cristal *

Teresa Carreño Cultural Complex *

Aerial view of Plaza Altamira *

Caracas Cathedral

COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES AND INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS

_ Central University of Venezuela
Venezuela
Laberinto Cromovegetal_, at the Simón Bolívar University Aerial view of Universidad Metropolitana

CENTRAL UNIVERSITY OF VENEZUELA

Main article: Central University of Venezuela
Venezuela

The Central University of Venezuela
Venezuela
(_Universidad Central de Venezuela_ in Spanish) is a public University. Founded in 1721, it is the oldest university in Venezuela
Venezuela
and one of the first in Latin America. The university campus was designed by architect Carlos Raúl Villanueva and it was declared World Heritage
World Heritage
by UNESCO
UNESCO
in 2000. The Ciudad Universitaria de Caracas , as the main Campus is also known, is considered a masterpiece of architecture and urban planning and it is the only university campus designed in the 20th century that has received such recognition by UNESCO
UNESCO
.

SIMóN BOLíVAR UNIVERSITY

Main article: Simón Bolívar University

The Simón Bolívar University (Universidad Simón Bolívar, in Spanish, or USB) is a public institution in Caracas
Caracas
that focuses on science and technology. Its motto is _"La Universidad de la Excelencia"_ ("University of Excellence").

OTHER UNIVERSITIES

* Academia Militar de Venezuela * Escuela de Formacion de Oficiales de las Fuerzas Armadas de Cooperación * Universidad Alejandro de Humboldt * Universidad Bolivariana de Venezuela
Venezuela
* Universidad Católica Andrés Bello * Universidad Experimental Politécnica Antonio José de Sucre * Universidad José María Vargas * Universidad Metropolitana * Universidad Monteavila * Universidad Nacional Experimental de las Fuerzas Armadas (UNEFA) * Universidad Nacional Experimental Simón Rodríguez * Universidad Nueva Esparta * Universidad Pedagógica Experimental Libertador * Universidad Santa Maria

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS

* British School of Caracas
Caracas
* Colegio Internacional de Caracas * Escuela Campo Alegre * International Christian School

SPORTS

UCV Baseball Stadium UCV Olympic Stadium

The city hosted the official 2013 Americas Basketball Championship .

There are professional association football, baseball and several other sports.

Professional teams include Caracas Fútbol Club , Deportivo Petare , Atletico Venezuela
Venezuela
, SD Centro Italo Venezolano , Estrella Roja FC and Real Esppor Club . The Deportivo Petare has reached the semifinals of international tournaments, such as the Copa Libertadores de America , while the Caracas Fútbol Club has reached the quarterfinals.

Baseball teams Tiburones de La Guaira and Leones del Caracas play in the _Estadio Universitario de la UCV_, of the Central University of Venezuela
Venezuela
, with a capacity of 26,000 spectators.

Another baseball team started in Caracas: the Navegantes del Magallanes . It was moved to Valencia, Carabobo in the 1970s.

Association Football stadiums include:

* Estadio Olímpico de la UCV , with capacity of 30 000 spectators is seat of the Deportivo Italia and Caracas Fútbol Club . * Brígido Iriarte stadium , with a capacity of 12 000 spectators (old seat of the Deportivo Italia and Caracas Fútbol Club , and seat of the Estrella Roja FC ). The Caracas Fútbol Club opened its own stadium in 2005, _Campo Deportivo Cocodrilos_. * Cocodrilos de Caracas plays in the Venezuelan professional basketball league. They play their games in the "Gimnasio José Beracasa" in the neighbourhood of El Paraíso .

Caracas
Caracas
is the seat of the National Institute of Sports and of the Venezuelan Olympic Committee .

Caracas
Caracas
hosted the 1983 Pan American Games .

TEAMS

* Association Football: Caracas Fútbol Club , Deportivo Petare , Atletico Venezuela
Venezuela
, SD Centro Italo Venezolano , Estrella Roja Futbol club , Real Esppor Club . * Baseball: Tiburones de la Guaira , Leones del Caracas . * Basketball: Cocodrilos de Caracas .

CULTURE

_ Cloud Shepherd_, by Hans Arp , UCV

Caracas
Caracas
is Venezuela's cultural capital , with many restaurants, theaters, museums, and shopping centers. The city is home to an array of immigrants from but not limited to: Spain, Italy, Portugal, the Middle East, Germany, China, and Latin American countries.

GASTRONOMY

Caracas
Caracas
has a gastronomical heritage due to the influence of immigrants, leading to a choice of regional and international cuisine. There are a variety of international restaurants including American , French , Lebanese, Italian , Spanish , Indian, Chinese , Peruvian, Japanese , Mediterranean and Mexican. The district of _La Candelaria_ contains Spanish restaurants, resulting from Galician and Canarian immigrants that came to the area in the mid-20th century.

NOTABLE PEOPLE

Main article: List of people from Caracas

TRANSPORTATION

_ Inside Plaza Venezuela
Venezuela
station of the Caracas Metro Railway Caracas
Caracas
- Cúa

* The Caracas Metro has been in operation since 27 March 1983. With 4 lines, 47 stations and about 10 more to be constructed. It covers a great part of the city and also has an integrated ticket system that combines the route of the Metro_ with those offered by the _Metrobús_, a bus service of the Caracas
Caracas
Metro. In 2010, the first segment of a new ariel cable car system opened, Metrocable which feeds into the larger metro system.

* Buses are the main means of mass transportation . There are two bus systems: the traditional system and the _Metrobús_. The traditional system runs a variety of bus types, operated by several companies on normal streets and avenues:

* Autobus; large buses * Camioneta; medium size buses * microbus or camionetica; vans or minivans

* IFE ; train services to and from Tuy Valley cities of Charallave and Cúa * Simón Bolívar International Airport , the biggest and most important in the country is located outside the city, roughly 32 kilometres (20 mi) from the downtown area. * Caracas Aerial Tramway * The Los Teques Metro is a suburban mass-transit system completed in 2006 that connects Caracas
Caracas
with the suburban city of Los Teques . * In March 2009 four of the five Caracas
Caracas
districts launched _Plan Vía Libre_ to reduce traffic (the pro-Chavez Jorge Rodríguez ' Libertador District is currently not cooperating as the other districts are in the hands of the opposition ). On each weekday, cars with certain number plates are banned from entering key parts of the city centre; the numbers rotate so that any particular car is banned one day a week. * Generalisimo Francisco de Miranda airbase used by military aviation and govern aeroplane

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in South America
South America

TWIN TOWNS AND SISTER CITIES

Caracas
Caracas
is twinned with:

* Honolulu
Honolulu
, USA * New Orleans
New Orleans
, USA * Melilla , Spain
Spain
* Rosario , Argentina
Argentina
, since 1998 * Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Santa Cruz de Tenerife
, Spain
Spain
, since 1981

UNION OF IBERO-AMERICAN CAPITAL CITIES

Caracas
Caracas
is part of the Union of Ibero-American Capital Cities from 12 October 1982 establishing brotherly relations with the following cities:

* Andorra
Andorra
la Vella , Andorra * Asunción
Asunción
, Paraguay * Bogotá , Colombia * Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires
, Argentina * Caracas, Venezuela * Guatemala
Guatemala
City , Guatemala * Havana
Havana
, Cuba * Quito , Ecuador * La Paz
La Paz
, Bolivia * Lima
Lima
, Peru
Peru
* Lisbon
Lisbon
, Portugal * Madrid
Madrid
, Spain
Spain
* Managua , Nicaragua * Mexico
Mexico
City , Mexico * Montevideo
Montevideo
, Uruguay * Panama
Panama
City , Panama * Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro
, Brazil * San Jose , Costa Rica * San Juan , Puerto Rico * San Salvador , El Salvador * Santiago
Santiago
, Chile * Santo Domingo
Santo Domingo
, Dominican Republic * Tegucigalpa
Tegucigalpa
, Honduras

DISTRICTS

* v * t * e

Caracas
Caracas
Divisions

NORTHWEST

* Catia * 23 de Enero * Propatria * Lomas de Urdaneta * Casalta * El Atlántico * Caño Amarillo * Los Magallanes de Catia * Alta Vista * Ruperto Lugo * Lídice * Gramoven * Manicomio

CENTER

* El Silencio * Capitolio * La Hoyada * Altagracia * La Pastora * Cotiza * Quinta Crespo * Guaicaipuro * La Candelaria * San Bernardino

SOUTHWEST

* Artigas * Vista Alegre * Bella Vista * Colinas de Vista Alegre * La Yaguara * Zona Industrial de La Yaguara * El Algodonal * Carapa * Antímano * Washington * Las Fuentes * El Paraíso * El Pinar * La Paz * El Paraíso * Montalbán * Juan Pablo II * La Vega * Las Adjuntas * Caricuao * Mamera

CENTEREASTERN

* El Conde * Parque Central * San Agustín del Sur * San Agustín del Norte * Simón Rodríguez * Maripérez * La Colina * Las Palmas * Las Lomas * San Rafael * Los Caobos * Quebrada Honda * San Bernardino * La Campiña * La Florida * Alta Florida * Chapellín * Los Cedros * El Bosque * Chacaíto * Sabana Grande * Bello Monte

SOUTH

* Cementerio * Los Carmenes * Los Castaños * Prado de Maria * La Bandera * Las Acacias * Colinas de las Acacias * Los Rosales * Valle Abajo * Los Chaguaramos * Ciudad Universitaria * Santa Mónica * Colinas de Santa Mónica * Colinas de Bello Monte * Cumbres de Curumo * El Valle * Los Jardines de El Valle * Coche * Delgado Chalbaud * La Rinconada

EASTERN

* Country Club * El Pedregal * San Marino * Campo Alegre * Chacao * Bello Campo * El Rosal * El Retiro * Las Mercedes
Las Mercedes
* Tamanaco * Chuao * Altamira * Los Palos Grandes * La Castellana * La Floresta * Santa Eduvigis * Sebucán * La Carlota * Santa Cecilia * Campo Claro * Los Ruices * Montecristo * Los Chorros * Los Dos Caminos * Boleíta * Los Cortijos * La California * Horizonte * El Marqués * La Urbina * Terrazas del Ávila * Lomas del Ávila * El Llanito * Macaracuay * La Guairita * Caurimare * El Cafetal * San Román * Santa Rosa * San Luis * Santa Sofía * Santa Paula * Santa Inés * Los Pomelos * Palo Verde * Petare

SOUTHEASTERN

* Valle Arriba * Santa Fe * Los Campitos * Prados del Este * Alto Prado * Manzanares * El Peñón * Baruta * Piedra Azul * La Trinidad * La Tahona * Monterrey * Las Minas * Los Samanes * Cerro Verde * Los Naranjos * La Boyera * Alto Hatillo * El Hatillo * Los Geranios * La Lagunita * El Placer * El Guayabao * El Volcán * La Unión * Sartanejas

SEE ALSO

* Venezuela
Venezuela
portal

* 1641 Caracas earthquake * 1967 Caracas earthquake * Greater Caracas * Large Cities Climate Leadership Group * List of metropolitan areas of Venezuela
Venezuela
* Venezuela
Venezuela
International Book Fair * Caracazo – a riot * Venezuela
Venezuela
60-day state of emergency

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Venezuela
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Venezuela
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* ^ " Madrid
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BIBLIOGRAPHY

See also: Bibliography of the history of Caracas
Caracas

EXTERNAL LINKS

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Caracas
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