Belmopan

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Belmopan
Belmopan Parliament House
Belmopan Parliament House
Flag of Belmopan
Flag
Nickname(s): The Garden City
Motto(s): City of Promise
Country Belize
DistrictCayo
ConstituencyBelmopan Constituency
Foundation1970
Government
 • MayorSimeon López (UDP)
Elevation76 m (250 ft)
Population (2009)
 • Total20,000
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central)

Belmopan is the capital city of Belize. There are about 20,000 people living there.

Belmopan is at an altitude of 76 metres (250 ft) above sea level.[1] Belmopan was built just to the east of the Belize River. It is 80 km (50 mi) inland from the former capital, the port of Belize City. Belize City was nearly destroyed by Hurricane Hattie in 1961.[1][2] The government was moved to Belmopan in 1970.[3] Its National Assembly Building is made to look like a Pre-Columbian Maya temple.[4]

The University of Belize has a campus in Belmopan.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "travel-central-america.net". travel-central-america.net. Retrieved 2010-06-29.
  2. "The Hurricane With Three Names," at belmopanbelize.com
  3. "belmopanbelize.com". belmopanbelize.com. Retrieved 2010-06-29.
  4. Travel to Central America: Belize at travel-central-america.net