PAMPATAR is a city on
Isla Margarita ,
Nueva Esparta State ,
Venezuela . It is located in the Maneiro Municipality.
Pampatar lies 10 km (6 mi) northeast of
Porlamar . A coastal town
which was founded 1552. Its strategic importance becomes clear when
visiting the Castillo de San Carlos de Borromeo on the waterfront in
the center of town. Constructed entirely of coral, the fort, built by
the Spanish in 1662 after the original was destroyed by the Dutch. In
the center of town is the Iglesia Santísimo Cristo or Iglesia del
Cristo del Buen viaje, which features a bell tower with an outside
staircase — an architectural oddity found on several churches on
Isla Margarita . Nowadays this town is very famous for its malls
(Sambil or Rattan Plaza) and its commercial activity 24 hours a day.