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Country  Venezuela
Population  1.001 million (2011)
University  Universidad Centroccidental Lisandro Alvarado
Area  276 km2
State  Lara
Founded  Juan de Villegas
Mayor  Alfredo Ramos (Avanzada Progresista)

Barquisimeto is a city in Venezuela. It is the capital of the state of Lara and head of Iribarren Municipality. It is an important urban, industrial, commercial and transportation center of the country, recognized as the fourth-largest city by population and area in Venezuela after Caracas, Maracaibo and Valencia.


Map of Barquisimeto


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Barquisimeto was founded in 1552 by Juan de Villegas, as a headquarters and to have better control of the territory believed to be rich in gold. Its original name was "Nueva Segovia de Barquisimeto".

Barquisimeto in the past, History of Barquisimeto

This city had four settlements due to ignorance of the physical environment of the region. The first one was in 1552 nearby Buria River, but moved in 1556 due to frequent floods suffered by inhabitants. The second one was in the valley of the Turbio River where the city stayed until Lope de Aguirre burned it down in 1561. Its rebuilding was made 102 km (63 mi), but in 1562 they asked for permission to move to another site due to strong winds blowing in the place. Finally, Barquisimeto was located on the north plateau of the Turbio River in 1563.

During the countrys independence, Barquisimeto joined the liberation movement and its deputy Jose Angel Alamo signed the Independence Act on July 5, 1811.

In 1929, the city went through a modernization program carried out by General Eustoquio Gomez. He fixed the streets and avenues and buildings were built, like the Jacinto Lara Headquarters, the Government Palace and the Ayacucho Park.


Barquisimeto Beautiful Landscapes of Barquisimeto

It is known as the Dusk City due to its beautiful sunsets.

Barquisimeto is located on the terrace of the same name, on the banks of the Turbio River, 622 metres (2,040 feet) above sea level and a population that exceeds 800,000 inhabitants. It has a location on the central western of Venezuela (363 km (226 mi) from Caracas, the countrys capital city), being a point of convergence of many of the major land routes and rail, characterized also by its street order and appropriate signage due to the location of the city with a relief almost completely flat, which facilitated the distribution of the urban grid and with the streets numbered in ascending numerical order, factors that help the foreign citizen and easily locate addresses. Its climate is pleasant in the months of December to March, with an average temperature of 26 °C (79 °F) throughout the year.


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