Museo Sacro de Caracas
Set in a meticulously restored colonial building that stands upon the site of the old cathedral cemetery, this museum displays a modest...
This leafy square is the nucleus of the old town. It's always alive with huddled groups of caraqueños engaged in conversation and...
This museum has successfully preserved its colonial style and displays a variety of independence memorabilia, from muskets to medals and...
Bistro del Libertador
Sparkling air-conditioned premises with a chessboard floor and lots of light set this new cafe apart from the crowd. Given its central...
Plaza Bolívar · interesting places nearby
Set on the eastern side of Plaza Bolívar, Caracas' cathedral started its life in the mid-16th century as a mere mud-walled chapel. A church later replaced it, only to be flattened by the 1641 earthquake. Built from 1665 to 1713, the 'new' cathedral is packed with dazzling gilded altars and elaborate side chapels; the most famous is that of the Bolívar family, which can be easily recognized by a modern sculpture of The Liberator mourning his parents and bride.
Bolívar was baptized here, but the baptismal font now stands in the Casa Natal de Bolívar. Also take a look at the fine colonial altarpiece at the back of the chapel. The wide, five-nave interior, supported on 32 columns, was largely remodeled in the late 19th century.