Ciudad Bolívar


Gallery in Ciudad Bolívar

Centro de las Artes

On the southern edge of the colonial sector is the tree-shaded Plaza Miranda. Positioned at the halfway point between the cathedral and the cemetery, it was once known as the Plaza Descanso (rest), because...

Monument in Ciudad Bolívar

Casa Piar

On the northern side of the plaza is the Casa Piar, where General Manuel Piar was kept prisoner in October 1817 before being positioned against the cathedral wall and executed by firing squad. Piar liberated the...

Activity in Ciudad Bolívar

Río Caroní Airplane

If you’re passing through the city’s airport, don’t miss the Río Caroní airplane, conveniently parked in front of the terminal building. This is the part original, part replica of the plane Jimmie Angel...

Museum in Ciudad Bolívar

Museo de Ciudad Bolívar

The Casa del Correo del Orinoco – an example of impressive colonial architecture – houses the Museo de Ciudad Bolívar, a hodgepodge of modern art and historic objects. The most interesting artifact is the...

Landmark in Ciudad Bolívar

Airplane of Jimmie Angel

Standing in front of the airport terminal is the restored airplane of gold-seeker Jimmie Angel, who landed atop what was eventually named Salto Ángel (Angel Falls) in 1937, and couldn't take off again. The plane...

Museum in Ciudad Bolívar

Casa del Congreso de Angostura

The brash pink Casa del Congreso de Angostura dominates the western side of the plaza. Built in the 1770s, in 1819 it was home to lengthy debates by the Angostura Congress. You can still sense the air of those...

Fortress in Ciudad Bolívar

Fortín El Zamuro

The Fortín El Zamuro is a small fort built in the late 18th century atop the highest hill in the city, just south of the colonial quarter. It provides fine views over the old town. The entrance is from Paseo Heres.

Monument in Ciudad Bolívar

Monumento a Simón Bolívar

One of the city’s most impressive sights is the gigantic Monumento a Simón Bolívar. Erected in 1999, this 10m-high bronze statue is by far the tallest monument to the hero ever built in Venezuela.

Museum in Ciudad Bolívar

Museo de Arte Moderno Jesús Soto

This excellent museum has an extensive collection of kinetic works by internationally renowned artist, Jesús Soto, as well as temporary exhibits. It's in the new town and most easily reached by taxi.

Museum in Ciudad Bolívar

Antigua Cárcel

The Antigua Cárcel is a restored 18th-century prison building that functioned as a jail until 1952 and now contains the Bolívar state culture offices.

Church in Ciudad Bolívar


Ciudad Bolívar's magnificent cathedral dates from 1790 and dominates the Plaza Bolívar with its yellow and white painted facade and attractive interior.

Architecture in Ciudad Bolívar

Alcaldía de Heres

A pair of fine old buildings on both sides of the street, connected by the graceful arch of an aerial walkway.