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General Information

The city was founded on 1567 with the name of Santiago of Leon of Caracas and it became one of the most prosperous Spanish colonial communities of South America. The city was sacked by English privateers under the control of Amyas Preston in 1595. Around April of 1810 Caracas became the center of the first rebellion in the war of independence against Spain, taking later Simón Bolivar its leadership. From 1576 it has been the capital of the province of Venezuela, strengthening this position as of 1777 in the Capitania General of Venezuela, although it lost this role in 1821, to recover it definitively in 1830 . Throughout its history the city has undergone some severe earthquakes, in 1812 10,000 people died and the city was destroyed almost in its totality.

In the middle of a valley at 960 meters (3.150 ft) above the sea level, the settlers of Caracas enjoy an pleasant temperate climate, reason why the named it "Heaven's Branch on Earth".

In Caracas there has been born a significant European descending population, mainly Spanish and Italian, many of which have been dedicated to the small and medium industry. A significant population of Colombians and Portuguese also exists. In the middle of the ' 70s, near 30% of the population of Caracas was born in zones outside the metropolitan area. Many of them migrated from depressed rural areas, and have established their homes in the called "barrios", or marginal areas of low income.

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Associations & Societies

Apartado Postal 60.706 Caracas 1060-A, Venezuela

 


Registry Offices

Local Civil Registry Offices

  • Registro Principal del Estado

Esq. Pelota a Veroes, Av. Urdaneta, Frente Banco Venezolano de Crédito

  • Jefaturas Civiles

23 de Enero Bloque 45 El Mirador Parroquia 23 de Enero Phone +58-212-89.3856 / 871.3854 / 871.3001

Altagracia Macuro a Jabonería Parroquia Altagracia Phone +58-212-81.9460 / 9126 / 9788 / 7888

Antímano Calle El Carmen frente al IVSS Antímano Phone +58-212-443.9524/4717

Cafetal Av. El Morao Quinta Nelly Urb. El Cafetal +58-212-985.2563

Candelaria Plaza La Candelaria Ave. Urdaneta +58-212-571.6002 / 572.5142/9542/5146

Caricuao UD 1 Caricuao +58-212-431.2234 / 432.8582

Catedral Piñango a Principal Caracas Phone +58-212-81.0640/862.9181

Coche Av. Intercomunal Edf. Gabriel del Ávila +58-212-682.8138

Chacao Calle Páez Frente Plaza Bolívar Chacao +58-212-265.1530

El Junquito Municipio Libertad El Junquito +58-33- 22.2361 / 1159

El Recreo Calle Real de Sabana Grande Sabana Grande +58-212-762.7393/4123 / +58-212-74.9485

El Valle Plaza Bolívar Al lado de la Iglesia Parroquial El Valle+58-212-671. 8205/8254

La Pastora Miraflores a Pastora La Pastora +58-212-862.9164/3393 838176

La Vega Calle El Rosario Detrás del Bulevar de La Vega La Vega +58-212-443.0148/8902/8843

Macarao Calle Real Macarao +58-212-433.9634

Macuto Calle Bartolomé Macuto +58-31-46.1734

Reten de Catia Parroquia de Catia +58-212-862.6331

Retén de La Vega Parroquia La Vega Phone:

San Agustín Av. Leonardo Ruiz Pineda San Agustín +58-212-575.1313 / 572.1226 /1848

San Bernardino Av. Carlos Soublette a 1/2 cuadra del Banco Provincial +58-212-572.1281 / 52.3915

San José San Enrique a Telares San José +58-212-51. 9191 / 1031

San Juan Av. San Martín Parroquia San Juan +58-212-451.1695 / 2796

San Pedro Av. Victoria Edf. Excélsior, Piso 3 Parroquia San Pedro +58-212-661.2143

Santa Rosalía Calle Ayacucho Urb. Gran Colombia Santa Rosalía +58-212-631.6212 /9498 /2661 /7545 /8013

Santa Teresa Esq. Candilito Santa Teresa +58-212-545.6975 / 6065 / 6013

Sucre Av. Sucre Bulevar de Catia Catia +58-212-871.2904 / 89.2764 / 3052

  • Prefecturas

Chacao Calle Páez Frente la Plaza Bolívar de Chacao +58-212-265.1530 / 266.1959

Distrito Sucre Calle Páez Frente la Plaza Bolívar de Chacao +58-212-256.8005

El Hatillo Pueblo del Hatillo +58-212-963.4149

La Candelaria La Candelaria +58-212-572.5146 / 6413

La Pastora La Pastora +58-212-862.6333 / 3393

Municipio Baruta Plaza Bolívar Baruta +58-212-93.1115

Municipio Sucre Plaza Bolívar Chacao +58-212-256.8005/ 6981

Petare a 50 mts del Hospital Pérez de León Petare +58-212-256.7485

 

 

Church Parish Archives

Catholic Churches

Cathedral of Caracas 

This construction was raised between 1665 and 1713, in the present corner of La Torre, on one of the corners of the Bolivar Plaza, shortly after which in 1641 an earthquake destroyed the old church that was based there. In this temple are the mortal rest of the parents and the wife of Simón Bolivar.

Basilica of Santa Teresa 

Located between the corners of Palm to Santa Teresa, in the center of Caracas, this work made in neoclassic style, in fact is constituted by two churches: to the west Santa Ana and the east Santa Teresa. The basilica contains an image of Christ which it is known with the name of Nazareno of San Pablo, that dates from almost two centuries, widely venerated mainly in Easter to have, in agreement with the popular belief, miraculous virtues and powers. Under the great cupola, ornamented with fresh, the altar is located, which can be observed from any point of the temple. The Basilica of Santa Teresa, National Monument, was built on the ruins of the old Oratorio of San Felipe Neri which dates from 1771. The Designer of the same one was the architect Stolen Juan Manrique and his technical director Dr Jesus Muñoz Tebar.

Church of San Francisco 

It's  importance as historical patrimony of the natives of Caracas were worth for it to be declared National Monument. The construction of this church began in 1575, although it underwent external remodeling in XVII and XVIII centuries . The original scenery has practically stayed intact. The historical load of this temple is powerful, for it was there where Simón Bolivar was proclaimed the Liberator. In addition, it has an altarpiece that is considered one of the best conserved piece of the Venezuelan colonial art. 

Santa Capilla 

Protects one of the most consecrated pieces of the Venezuelan painter Arturo Michelena: multiplication of breads. This work also erected by Guzmán Blanco in 1883, at the corner Santa Capilla of Urdaneta avenue.

Archivo Archidiócesano de Caracas

Archivo de la Parroquia Catedral de Caracas

Archivos parroquiales de Caracas y sus aledaños

Archivo del Cabildo Catedralicio de Caracas


Genealogical & Historical Records

La Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Últimos Días
Calle "C" con calle C1, Detrás del Centro Comercial Caurimare
Caurimare
Phone: +58-2-985-2011
FAX +58-2-985-1996

  • Archivo Arquidiocesano de Caracas

Esquina de Gradillas
Plaza Bolívar
Caracas 1010
Phones: +58-2-545-1611 / 545-4944

  • Oficina del Registro Principal

Edificio BENSO
Velázquez a Municipal
Av. Lecuna, Caracas 1010
Phones: +58-2-545-0252

 


Maps y Gazetteers

Read the name of the municipalities and counties in this state by clicking HERE.

Road Maps, Parish Locations 1800-1809 


Bibliography & Literature

Alvarez de Lugo y Manríque de Lara, Armando

Familias coloniales: Los Alvarez de Lugo , Caracas, 1930

Un Prócer Yaracuyano: Gral. José Gabriel Alvarez de Lugo  y Freites; Caracas, S.A.

Alvarez y Juan, Aurelio

Los Martínez de Porras  en Venezuela, IVG, 1975

Amézaga Aresti, Vicente de

Hombres de la Compañía Guipuzcoana , Caracas, 1963

El Elemento Vasco en el Siglo XVIII Venezolano; Ediciones del Cuatricentenario de Caracas, Concejo Municipal, Caracas 1966

Archivo General de la Nación

Hojas Militares; Caracas 1930-1950

Iturriza Guillen, Carlos

Algunas Familias Caraqueñas, Editorial Salesiana, Caracas 1967

Matrimonios y velaciones de españoles y criollos blancos celebrados en la Catedral de Caracas desde 1615 hasta 1831; IVG, Caracas, Italgráfica, 1974

La Madríz, Carlos Eduardo de

La familia de La Madríz  en Caracas y Coro; IVG, Caracas, 1969

La familia de la Plaza ; IVG, Caracas, 1971

Lovera, Ildemaro

Vida de José Ángel Álamo  - Historia de un Oligarca; Caracas,1965

Nectario María, Hermano

Historia de la conquista y fundación de Caracas ; Ediciones Cuatricentenarias, Caracas, Concejo Municipal, 1966

Ramírez F., Joaquín A.

Las Primeras Familias de Caracas , Editorial Panapo, Caracas 1986

Los Ramírez de Bastos  en Venezuela, IVG, Caracas, 1996

Rodríguez Llamozas, Manuel V.

Genealogía del Libertador; Caracas, 1928

Sangraniz y Castro, José Antonio de

Familias Coloniales de Venezuela, Tomo I, Editorial Bolívar, Caracas 1943

Scarpetta  y Saturnino Vergara , M. Leonidas

Diccionario Bibliográfico de los Campeones de la Libertad de Nueva Granada, Venezuela, Ecuador y Perú, Ministerio de la Defensa, Barcelona, 1948

Sucre Urbaneja, Luis Alberto

Bolívar y Sucre - Unidos por el Linaje y por la Gloria; Caracas, 1974

Suriá, Jaime

Catalogo General del Archivo Arquidiocesano de Caracas, Fundación Polar, Caracas 1996

Toro Ramírez, Miguel, hijo

Genealogía de la Casa de Los Marqueses del Toro ; Caracas, 1979

 

 


Archives & Libraries

National Archives and Libraries

Archivo General de la Nación

Avenida Urdaneta, Esquinas Santa Capilla y Carmelitas No-15
Telfs: +58-212-862.99.07
Fax: +58-212-861.60.64
Caracas - Venezuela
Apartado Postal 1010 -A
E-mail: archiven@reacciun.ve

Biblioteca Nacional

Final Av. Panteón Foro Libertador, Edificio Sede
Parroquia Altagracia,
Caracas 1010 - Venezuela
Phone: +58-212-505.91.25
Fax: +58-212-505.91.24

State and Provincial Archives

National Archives

Archive of the National Academy of History

Archive of the Ministry of Outer Relations

Municipal Archive of Caracas

Main Registry of Caracas

 

 

Public and University Libraries

National Library


Other States & Places

 

 


Miscellaneous

Cemeteries

Cementerio Municipal de Baruta

Calle Sucre
Baruta
Phone: S/N

Cementerio de Petare

Av. Francisco de Miranda
Petare

Cementerio del Este

Final Avenida La Guairita
Urb. El Cafetal
Phone: +58-212-985.0808 / 5429 / 987.4867
FAX: +58-212-986.9334

Cementerio Jardín Principal del Oeste

Ave. Tamanaco
Qta. Nazareth
El Rosal
Phone: +58-212-952.6922

Cementerio General del Sur

Avenida Principal del Cementerio
Caracas
Phone: +58-212-61.6171

 

Obituaries 

 

 


Biographies of People Born in this State

Alejandro Chataing

Alfredo Jahn

Alirio Oramas

Andrés Bello

Aníbal Domínici

Antonio Guzmán Blanco

Armando Barrios

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Carlos Delgado Chalbaud

Carlos Eduardo Misle (CAREMIS)

Cristobal Rojas

Eduardo Blanco

Francisco Aranda

Francisco de Miranda

Hector Poléo

Javier Bonet

José Félix Blanco

José Félix Ribas

Juan José Zozaya

Juan Pablo Rojas Paúl

Juan Vicente González

Luisa Cáceres de Arismendi

Luisa Cáceres de Arismendi

Manuel Acedo Mendoza

Manuel Felipe Tovar

María Antonia Bolívar

María Rivas

Miguel Arroyo

Oscar Machado Zuloaga

Pascual Navarro

Pedro Gual

Pedro Gual 

Raymond S. Simmons

Rómulo Gallegos

Rómulo Gallegos

Simón Bolívar

Simón Bolívar

Simón Bolívar

Simón Bolívar

Simón Bolívar

Simón Rodríguez

Teresa Carreño

Tito Salas

Vicente Nebrada

  Alfredo Jahn

 


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