Architectural Jewels, Caracas

Architectural Jewels (Self Guided), Caracas

Caracas is an economic and cultural center with a rich history, which is reflected in its architecture. On this tour, you can visit some of the buildings that define the city's design aesthetic. The city began modernizing in 1950 and the work still continues. Make sure you don't miss this walking tour of the most famous architecture in Caracas.
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Guide Name: Architectural Jewels
Guide Location: Venezuela » Caracas (See other walking tours in Caracas)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
Author: susan
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Cuartel San Carlos
  • Panteon Nacional
  • Biblioteca Nacional
  • Nue Casa Amarilla
  • Palacio de Las Academias
  • Casa Natal de El Libertador
  • Nuevo Circo de Caracas
Cuartel San Carlos

1) Cuartel San Carlos

Built in the 17th century, Cuartel San Carlos was famous as a control point of traffic and goods, which later became a prison. In 1839, the building was renovated by the local mayor, and about a century later it became a National Monument. It is now a museum that details the history of the place. Here you will find old barracks and learn the history of the military in Caracas.
Panteon Nacional

2) Panteon Nacional (must see)

The Panthéon (Latin Pantheon, from Greek Pantheon, meaning "Temple of all the Gods") is a building on the northern edge of the old town of Caracas. It was originally built as a church, but is now used as a famous burial place. The entire central nave is dedicated to Simón Bolívar, with the altar's place taken by the hero's bronze sarcophagus, while lesser luminaries are relegated to the aisles. The national pantheon's vault is covered with 1930s paintings depicting scenes from Bolívar's life, and the huge crystal chandelier glittering overhead was installed in 1883 on the centennial of his birth.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Biblioteca Nacional

3) Biblioteca Nacional

Biblioteca Nacional de Venezuela is a central repository of books and newspapers of Venezuela, has the right to receive a copy of every book printed in Venezuela by a Venezuelan publisher. It collects books and magazines published in the country. It was established in Caracas in 1833. It has approximately 7.1 million volumes in its collection.

The beginning of the idea of a Venezuelan national library dates from independence times and is associated with the name of Juan Germán Roscio, a noteworthy Venezuelan ideologist and patriot who had the initiative to promote the opening of a public library for Caracas. The National Library of Venezuela was officially founded on July 13, 1833 for the purpose of providing the Venezuelans of that time with the opportunity to gain an education. The main Headquarters of the National Library of Venezuela are located in Caracas, were designed by Architect Tomás Sanabria, being started in 1981, and occupied in 1989. In this building, an assorted range of design determinants, specialized construction techniques, environmental features of a state of the art library construction and sophisticated operating and control system are brought together. It was designed to house up to 5,800,000 volumes and sit up to 1,700 users in 11 reading rooms.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Nue Casa Amarilla

4) Nue Casa Amarilla (must see)

Starting the 17th century, Nue Casa Amarilla was the royal prison. Only after Venezuelan independence did it become the residence of the President. At that time, it was painted yellow, which is why it is known as "The Yellow House." Here you can take a guided tour individually or with a group.
Palacio de Las Academias

5) Palacio de Las Academias (must see)

Palacio de Las Academias is one of the oldest buildings in the city and resembles a palace. It was initially used as a government building, but today it serves as an educational center, hosting several educational academies. Take your time exploring the historic halls and rooms of the building.
Casa Natal de El Libertador

6) Casa Natal de El Libertador (must see)

Casa Natal de El Libertador is the birthplace of Simon Bolivar. Here you will find the history of his immediate family and successive generations of Bolivars. The interior design, furniture, and paintings remain as they were in Bolivar's time. Visit this house to appreciate the historic structure and learn about one of Caracas's most famous residents.
Nuevo Circo de Caracas

7) Nuevo Circo de Caracas

Nuevo Circo de Caracas is one of the largest structures in the city, and it was opened in 1919 as a venue for bull fights. It is so huge that it can accommodate up to 12,000 spectators at a time. Over the years, the amphitheater was also used as a large cinema and a theater. In 1984, it was turned into a museum and today offers guided tours for groups and individuals. Come revel in the history and grandness of this building.

Walking Tours in Caracas, Venezuela

Create Your Own Walk in Caracas

Create Your Own Walk in Caracas

Creating your own self-guided walk in Caracas is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Caracas Introduction Walking Tour

Caracas Introduction Walking Tour

Apart from being a commercial and cultural center of Venezuela, the capital city Caracas is known internationally as the final resting place of South American liberator Simón Bolívar, who's buried here at the National Pantheon. This and other notable attractions of Caracas, such as the Caracas Cathedral, Palacio de Miraflores and more, make up this city orientation walk.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 Km or 2.2 Miles