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Capitolio Nacional

Capitolio Nacional Review

Venezuela's Congress is housed in the neoclassical National Capitol, a pair of buildings constructed on the site of the 17th-century convent of the Sisters of the Conception. President Guzmán Blanco, who ordered the disbanding of all convents, razed the original building in 1874. On the site he built the Federal and Legislative palaces. The paintings in the oval Salón Elíptico by Venezuelan artist Martin Tovar y Tovar are quite impressive, especially those on the ceiling. The bronze urn in the room contains the 1811 Declaration of Independence. (In deference to decorum, you must tuck in your shirt when you enter this room.)

    Contact Information

  • Address: Av. Norte 2 at Av. Oeste 2, El Centro, Caracas | Map It
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Daily 9–12:30 and 3–5
  • Metro Capitolio.
  • Location: El Centro
Updated: 06-22-2011

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