Caracas

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Caracas
City
Santiago de León de Caracas
Top left: Simón Bolívar Center; top right: Parque Central Complex; middle: Plaza Venezuela Fountain; bottom left: Plaza Bolívar; bottom right: Los Próceres Monument.
Nickname(s): La Sultana del Ávila (The Avila's Sultana)
La Sucursal del Cielo (Heaven's Branch on Earth)
Caracas is located in Venezuela
Caracas
Coordinates: 10°30′N 66°54′W / 10.5°N 66.9°W / 10.5; -66.9Coordinates: 10°30′N 66°54′W / 10.5°N 66.9°W / 10.5; -66.9
Country Venezuela
State Venezuelan Capital District
Miranda
Municipality Libertador
Founded 25 July 1567
Founded by Diego de Losada
Metropolitan Municipalities: Libertador, Chacao, Baruta, Sucre, El Hatillo
Government
 • Type Mayor-council
 • Body Alcaldía Metropolitana de Caracas
 • Mayor Antonio Ledezma (ABP)
Area
 • Metro 1,930 km2 (750 sq mi)
Elevation 900 m (3,000 ft)
Population (2009)
 • Density 1,431.5/km2 (3,708/sq mi)
 • Metro 5,196,514
Demonym caraqueño (m), caraqueña (f)
Time zone VST (UTC-04:30)
 • Summer (DST) not observed (UTC-04:30)

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.

Sports[change | edit source]

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

Famous sites[change | edit source]

  • 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