Valencia, Carabobo

Valencia, Carabobo

Infobox Settlement
official_name = Nueva Valencia del Rey
nickname = Capital industrial de Venezuela"
(English:"Industrial capital of Venezuela)
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map_caption = Valencia Municipality in Carabobo State

subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = Municipality
subdivision_name = Venezuela
subdivision_name1 = Carabobo
subdivision_name2 = Valencia
established_title = Founded
established_date = March 25, 1555
established_title2 =
established_date2 =
government_type =
leader_title = Mayor
leader_name = Francisco Cabrera Santos (CONPACO)
area_total_km2 = 2323
population_as_of = 2001
population_footnotes =
population_total = 1,196,000
population_density_km2 = 319.5
timezone = VST
utc_offset = -4:30
timezone_DST = not observed
utc_offset_DST = -4:30
latd = 10
latm = 10
lats =51.6
latNS =N
longd = 68
longm = 00
longs =14.4
longEW =W
elevation_m = 520
population_blank1_title = Demonym
population_blank1 = Valenciano(a)
area_code = 0241
postal_code_type = Postal code
postal_code = 2001
website = [ Alcaldía de Valencia] es_icon
footnotes = The area and population figures are for the municipality

Valencia is the capital city of Carabobo State, and the third largest city of Venezuela.

The city is an economic hub that contains Venezuela's top industries and manufacturing companies. The population of Valencia reached some 1.5 million in the year 2003, and it is expected to grow dramatically in the years to come. Greater Valencia unofficially incorporates the communities of Naguanagua, San Diego, and other smaller bordering cities. Caracas lies some 180 km away to the East.


The area was already inhabited in the IV millennium BC. They were mainly hunters and gatherers and could have already develop some elementary forms of agriculture. Between 200 and 1000 A.D. an important settlement took place, specially close to the Valencia Lake.

Around the year 1000 migrations started to come from the Orinoco area, probably arriving along the Pao river. The fusion of previous settlements with these new populations gave rise to the Vacencioide culture. [ [ History of Valencia (Spanish)] ] [ [ Pre-Colombian history in Notitarde (Spanish)] ]

People in the area belonged mostly to Arawak groups. They were hunters and gatherers, but they also fished, grew maize and cotton. Their houses were built on artificial mounds on the valleys that were often flooded with water from the Valencia Lake.

Archaeologists have found mostly pottery from that time. Valencia was founded by Captain Alonso Díaz Moreno on March 25, 1555ndash as the locals are proud of reminding visitors, eight years before Caracas. It was the first Spanish settlement in central Venezuela and its official name was "Nuestra Señora de la Asunción de Nueva Valencia del Rey". The encomiendas put the Indians living in the region under the control of the Spanish settlers. They started to displace the native population from the most fertile land, but they also started merging with them.

The infamous conqueror Lope de Aguirre besieged the city in 1561.In 1677 it was raided by French pirates, who burnt down its City Hall, thus destroying many very important documents about the early settlement of Venezuela. The German scientist Alexander von Humboldt visited the city on his trip through the Americas. He reported that at the time of his visit the city had around 6000 to 7000 inhabitants. On June 24, 1821 the battle of Carabobo was fought on the outskirts of the city, sealing the independence of Venezuela from imperial Spanish rule.In 1830 Valencia became capital of Venezuela after it separated from the Great Colombia. It stopped being capital sooner afterwards and became once more the seat of the national government in 1858 after the Monagas was toppled and the March Revolution took place. On November 15, 1892 the University of Valencia, future University of Carabobo, was founded. When dictator Juan Vicente Gómez died in 1935, Valencia was a small city. The oil revenues and industrialization that came along lead to a population explosion. Many immigrants, firstly from Europe and increasingly then from other Latin American countries, chose Valencia as the place to live in Venezuela.

The first direct election of local governments (including those of the mayor and of the state's government) took place in 1988.

Valencia was one of the places where Hugo Chávez's proposal for the constitutional reform was rejected with the highest proportion of votes: around 59.21% of the population rejected it [ [ Results for constitutional referendum in Valencia] ] .


Valencia is located in a central valley, surrounded by a mountain range called the Coastal Range ("Cordillera de la Costa"). On the eastern outskirts of the city lies Lake Valencia, Venezuela's second largest lake. To the West and Northeastern part there are mountains. The South is an extension of the Venezuelan grasslands, the Llanos.

The elevation of the city is 520 meters (1,700 ft).

The city of Valencia makes up the urban part of the Valencia municipality. This municipality comprises the following civil parishes:

[ Population for Carabobo's parishes according to projections by the Universidad de los Andes]


"Valencia", due to its latitude and closeness to the sea, has relatively warm temperatures. The yearly average is 26 °C (23,3 °C under shade, maximum of 32,6 °C and minium of 18,5 °C). The city is located 479 metres over sea level. The alisian winds refreshen the temperate in the afternoon.

Law and government

Valencia has one municipality: "Valencia Municipality", Venezuelan law specifies that municipal governments have four main functions: executive, legislative, comptroller, and planning. The executive function is managed by the mayor, who is in charge of representing the municipality's administration. The legislative branch is represented by the Municipal Council, composed of seven councillors, charged with the deliberation of new decrees and local laws. The comptroller tasks are managed by the municipal comptroller's office, which oversees accountancy. Finally, planning is represented by the Local Public Planning Council, which manages development projects for the municipality.


*"Diario El Carabobeño"
*"Diario Notitarde"


The main centre of higher education in Valencia is the University of Carabobo, one of the most important public universities of Venezuela. The direction of the University and some administratives centres are located in the municipality of valencia, whereas most of the buildings are currently in the Naguanagua municipality.

Other institutions of higher education are the Universidad Experimental Politécnica de las Fuerzas Armadas UNEFA in La Isabelica, the Instituto Nacional de Capacitación y Educación INCE in Los Colorados, La Isabelica and La Quizanda.

ites of interest

Art centers

*Valencia Athenaeum: a cultural centre where concerts and art exhibitions regularly take place.
*Municipal Theater of Valencia: It is the main theatre of Carabobo. It was finished in 1895 following the architecture of French theatres of the time.


*Páez House: a house that was own by Antonio José Páez, now a museum
*Celis House: it is the seat of the Museum of Art and History and the Lisandro Alvarado Foundation.
* Museum of History and Anthropology: this museum contains an important collection of the pre-Columbian and colonial heritage of Venezuela.
*Iturriza Palace or Quinta Isabela, Museum of the city (Museo de la Ciudad).
*Museum of culture holds different temporary arts exhibitions.

Parks and points of interest

*Negra Hipólita Park or Fernando Peñalver Park: a large park with gardens, concert halls, cultural centres and facilities for children to learn traffic rules and celebrate parties
*Valencia's Metropolitan Park (Parque Metropolitano): a park on the Southern part of the city where the Bull Ring is located, but also an area used for many concerts and national and international festivals and exhibitions.
*Valencia's Aquarium (Acuario de Valencia): This is the largest aquarium in Latin America, it contains also a serpentarium, a terrarium and a small zoo with lots of animals endemic to Venezuela. It also has some facilities for children to play.
*Plaza Monumental de Valencia: this is second largest bullring in the world and is located right in Valencia's Metropolitan Park.
*Cerro Casupo Municipal Park: a natural park on the mountains, some 693 hectares big, to the West of the city. [ [ Sitio del Cerro Casupo] ]


The main public library in Valencia is the Manuel Feo La Cruz Public Library, located in the city centre and open 7 days a week.Other public libraries are the Public Library of the Athenaeum of Valencia and the Morita Carillo Public Library, in the San Blas civic parish.


The city is well connected with the rest of the country by a network of highways and roads well maintained by INVIAL.

A modern metro system is being constructed that will connect the city's remote suburbs with the downtown area.
*Buses are the main means of mass transportation. There are two bus systems: the traditional system and the "VALBUS". The traditional system runs a variety of bus types, operated by several companies on normal streets and avenues::*bus; large buses.:*buseta; medium size buses.:*microbus or colectivo; vans or minivans.
*The airport, Arturo Michelena International Airport (SVVA), is the nation's third busiest. It is served by all major Venezuelan airlines.


Valencia is twinned with:

flagicon|Venezuela Naguanagua, Venezuela


External links

* [ Valencia at]
* [ Turistic Guide of Valencia]
* [ The Tramways of Valencia]

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