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Caracas Travel Guide

Best of Caracas

Despite of being a modern city with a lot of skyscrapers that could make think that there is nothing interesting to see or do is not true, Caracas homes to an appealing variety of historic buildings, museums, and interesting sightseeing opportunities; so there are plenty of activities that will keep you busy.

Plaza Bolivar Plaza Bolivar
This is the heart of the old town, with an imposing monument to Bolívar in the middle. The equestrian statue was cast in Europe, shipped in pieces, assembled and unveiled in 1874 — later than planned, because the ship carrying it had foundered on the Archipiélago de Los Roques.

Casa Natal de Bolivar Casa Natal de Bolivar
The house where Simon Bolivar was born on July 24, 1783. It has been reconstructed and turned into a museum. However, most of the colonial interior has been replaced by paintings of battle scenes. Next door is the Museo Bolivariano with some of Bolivar's war relics.

Museo Bolivariano Museo Bolivariano
Museum has successfully preserved its colonial style and displays a variety of independence memorabilia from pieces from that time to Bolivar's family and teacher Simon Rodriguez's belongings, as well as the firearms used in the War of Independence.

Museo Sacro de Caracas Museo Sacro de Caracas
Located beside the Cathedral of Caracas, the Museo Sacro it’s a carefully restored old colonial house and transformed into art museum. It was constructed in 1884, as the headquarters for the Colegio Episcopal, on what was once the Cemetery of the Canons.

Caracas Cathedral Caracas Cathedral
Situated on in one corner of the Plaza Bolívar, this historic cathedral dates back to 1665. It was built on the ruins of the old cathedral destroyed by an earthquake in 1641.

Galeria de Arte Nacional Galeria de Arte Nacional
Opened in 1976 this museum is devoted to the preservation and exhibition of works by Venezuelan artists from Colonial times to present day. The Permanent Collection includes relevant names from the 19th Century like Arturo Michelena, Cristobal Rojas, Martin Tovar y Tovar and Tito Salas; among later artists are Francisco Narvaez and Hector Poleo, plus a vast selection of works by Armando Reveron.

Casa Amarilla Casa Amarilla
This imposing neoclassic structure dates back to the XVII century and was originally the seat of the Capitanía General and the Royal Prison in the colony times. Today is still possible to find remains of fetters, iron bars and chains at the basement’s dungeons.

Museo de Bellas Artes Museo de Bellas Artes
The Bellas Artes Museum was opened on February 20, 1938 and is the oldest art museum in Venezuela, and is located adjoining the National Art Gallery (Galería de Arte Nacional).


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