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Caracas is the capital of Venezuela – and is a densely populated city with 1.7 million inhabitants (3.6 million, the suburbs are included).Caracas is located north of the country, 1000 meters above sea level – and approx. 12 km south of the Caribbean, where we find the capital’s port city: La Guaira.
It was the Spaniards who founded Caracas in 1567, but by a huge earthquake in 1812, most of the buildings from the city’s earliest history destroyed. Caracas Cathedral, built in 1594, did, however – and is today the capital’s main attraction. Much of the rebuilt city of representing otherwise a neoclassical style.
Other popular attractions to the National Mausoleum Panthéon mentioned. It is inspired by the similar structures in Rome and Paris – and was built in 1874 on the ruins of an old church that was destroyed in 1812 earthquake.Also the reconstructed childhood home of national hero Simón Bolívar (1783-1830) are among the most popular destinations.
The international airport, Aeropuerto Internacional de Maiquetía Simón Bolívar is located at the coastal town of Maiquetía, ca. 30 km northwest of Caracas.