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LA GUAIRA HISTORIC CENTER

LA GUAIRA HISTORIC CENTER
La Guaira, Venezuela
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BACKGROUND

The historic city of La Guaira was founded in the sixteenth century on the Caribbean Sea and served as the chief port for Venezuela’s future inland capital Caracas. This early Spanish settlement is a significant example of the adaptation of a colonial urban plan to mountainous, coastal topography. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

La Guaira was placed on the 2004 and 2006 World Monuments Watch, drawing much needed attention to the area. The Fundación Cisneros, along with the municipal government, Simon Bolivar University, the Spanish Cooperation Crafts Training School of La Guaira, and others worked together to develop an urban rehabilitation plan for the city. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

Established as Venezuela’s main port in 1589, the Historic Center of La Guaira boasts colonial architecture made of traditional building materials, such as adobe and tapia. The preservation of the sector of El Guamacho ensures the continuity of the cultural and historic legacy of the site, a site that has been an important center for social activity throughout the city’s development. (...)