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Order of the Liberator

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Type  Order
Established  14 September 1880
Status  Awarded until 2010
Order of the Liberator
Grades  Grand Collar Grand Cordon Grand Officer Commander Officer Knight

The Order of the Liberator was the highest distinction of Venezuela and was appointed for services to the country, outstanding merit and benefits made to the community. For Venezuelans the order ranks first in the order of precedence from other orders, national and foreign.


The President of Venezuela is the Chief of the Order and has the faculty of appointing. By right, he wears the Collar of the Order.

The order was created by Antonio Guzmán Blanco on September 14, 1880, and reformed in 1922 under the presidential term of Juan Vicente Gómez, the Order has as precedent the Medal of Distinction with the bust of the Liberator created on March 11, 1854 under the presidency of José Gregorio Monagas and before that, the Order of the Liberators created by Simón Bolívar in 1813.

In 2010, the National Assembly of Venezuela decided to officially abolish the distinction and replace it with the newly created Order of the Liberators of Venezuela - itself a revival of the very same medal created by no less than Simón Bolívar in 1813 mandated to honor participants of the Admirable Campaign. The new order, unlike its predecessor, has 3 classes, in ascending order:

  • Arrow of the Liberators
  • Lance of the Liberators
  • Sword of the Liberators
  • Just as the order that came before it, the President is the Order's Grand Master and has full authority over appointments to the Order. He or she wears the collar of the Sword of the Liberators class of the order.


  • Collar
  • First Class (Grand Cordon)
  • Second Class (Grand Officer)
  • Third Class (Commander)
  • Fourth Class (Officer)
  • Fifth Class (Knight)
  • First Class (Grand Cordons)

  • Albert I of Belgium
  • Carlos Manuel de Céspedes y Quesada
  • Porfirio Díaz
  • Prince Henry of Prussia (1862–1929)
  • Kalākaua
  • Princess Margriet of the Netherlands
  • List of titles and honours of Queen Sofía of Spain
  • Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani
  • Pieter van Vollenhoven
  • Second Class (Grand Officers)

  • Alfred Wilkinson Johnson
  • Henry Conger Pratt
  • Third Class (Commanders)

  • José Arce
  • Clarence Seignoret
  • Collars

  • Bashar al-Assad president of Syria
  • Juan Carlos I of Spain (08/09/1977)
  • Beatrix of the Netherlands
  • Andrew Bertie
  • Raúl Castro
  • Rafael Correa
  • RADM John H. Dayton, USN (ret)
  • Muammar Gaddafi
  • RADM Yates Stirling, Jr. USN
  • Other recipients

  • Pedro Camejo
  • Simón Díaz
  • Domingo Esguerra Plata
  • Florizel Glasspole
  • William Halsey Jr.
  • Harry C. Ingles
  • Alfredo Jahn
  • Alberto João Jardim
  • Isaac J Pardo
  • John J. Pershing
  • Vladimir Putin
  • Otto Reich
  • Lloyd Erskine Sandiford
  • Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud
  • Sultan bin Abdulaziz
  • Josip Broz Tito
  • Alexander Yakovlev (Russian politician)
  • References

    Order of the Liberator Wikipedia