Cathedral of Caracas
Venezuela, Caracas

The Cathedral of Caracas, the main Catholic church of the city and the residence of the Archbishop of Caracas, is located in the center of the capital of Venezuela, in Simon Bolivar Square. Construction of the current cathedral was carried out in 1665-1674 under the direction of the architect Juan de Medina. Previously, the Church of St. James stood on this site, destroyed during the earthquake of 1641. In subsequent years, the cathedral was rebuilt several times - in 1711, according to the design of the architect Francisco Andres Menezes, a new façade in the neoclassical style with pilasters and decorative cornices was built, and 12 years later the temple was expanded and became five-nave. The earthquake of 1766 caused significant damage to the building, the bell tower was severely damaged, and the earthquake of 1812 led to the almost complete destruction of the temple - the vaults of the cathedral collapsed, burying several parishioners under the ruins. During the restoration, the cathedral tower was reduced, and in 1866 a pediment was added to the top of the main facade. The interior renovation was completed in 1867. In plan, the temple has a rectangular shape, five naves and eight side chapels. The interior space is divided by columns that support the arches of the vault, the windows are decorated with stained glass, the altar and altarpiece are located in the sanctuary, at the end of the central nave. Almost all the archbishops of Caracas are buried in the chapel of Our Lady of Pilar; the painting of the Last Supper by the Venezuelan painter Arturo Michelen is also located here; the author died before finishing the work. The parents and wife of Venezuelan national hero Simon Bolivar rest in the Chapel of the Holy Trinity. Bolivar himself was baptized in the Cathedral of Caracas, and his ashes rested here from 1842 to 1876 until they were reburied in the National Pantheon. The Caracas Cathedral was declared a national monument in 1957 and is one of the main historical and architectural attractions of the city.

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