The population of Greater Caracas' urban agglomeration (including neighboring cities out of the Capital District) was approximately 5.1 million people.
During the 1950s, Caracas began an intensive modernization program which continued throughout the 1960s and early 1970s.
An earthquake, portrayed by authorities as a divine punishment for rebelling against the Spanish Crown, destroyed Caracas on March 26, 1812.
The civic center is further east, by the Parque Central, which is Caracas' art and culture hub.
The Caracas Metro has been in operation since 1981.
The Central University of Venezuela is a premier public university, one of 13 universities located in Caracas.
Caracas is Venezuela's leading manufacturing center, producing chemicals, textiles, leather, food and beverages, iron and wood, paper, and printing products, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals, as well as metalware and plastics.
Universidad Simуn Bolнvar is a public institution located in Caracas, with a scientific and technological orientation.
The complex includes museums, cinemas, the Teresa Carreсo Cultural Complex, and the Caracas Athenaeum, home to the Rajatabla Theatre Company.
Venezuela's prevailing political calm came to an end in 1989, when the country experienced riots in which more than 200 people were killed in Caracas.
Caracas (pronounced ) is the capital and largest city of Venezuela, and one of the principal cities of South America.
Spanish colonization began in 1522, with the first settlement at Cumana, 250 miles (402 km) east of Caracas.
Caracas was the birthplace of two of Latin America's most important figures: Francisco de Miranda and "El Libertador" Simуn Bolнvar.
The Metropolitan District of Caracas is the official name of the district governed as Caracas, which has five municipalities: Baruta, El Hatillo, Chacao, Libertador and Sucre.
The Metropolitan District of Caracas includes the Venezuelan Capital District and four other municipalities in Miranda State including Chacao, Baruta, Sucre, and El Hatillo.
The Caracas valley suffers earthquakes, most notably in 1755, 1812, and 1967.
The center of Caracas is at the western edge of the valley by the hill of El Calvario Park.
A super highway leads from Caracas to Maiquetнa, La Guaira, and various beaches and resort areas.
Caracas is Venezuela's cultural capital, boasting numerous restaurants, theaters, museums, and shopping centers.
Caracas is located in the north of the country, contained within and following the contours of the narrow Caracas Valley on the Venezuelan coastal range.
The mixture of races and cultures has been an accepted part of life in Caracas.
The city is the location for the head offices for Venezuela’s corporations, banks, and insurance companies, as well as the Caracas Stock Exchange.
The city of Caracas had an estimated population of 3,007,000 in 2005.
Caracas covers 745 square miles (1,930 sq km).
The city of Caracas has a population of close to 6 million.
Caracas, the capital and largest city of Venezuela, is the nation’s cultural capital, boasting numerous restaurants, theaters, museums, and shopping centers.
Caracas also hosts Petrуleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) which is the main company of the country that negotiates all the international agreements for the distribution and export of petroleum.
Francisco Fajardo, a Spanish colonel, attempted to establish a plantation in the Caracas area in 1562, but was expelled by the locals.
The urbanized terrain of the Caracas Valley lies between 2,854 to 3,422 feet (870 and 1,043 meters), with 2,953 feet (900 meters) in the historic zone.
More than 500 years ago, indigenous peoples who were agriculturists and hunters lived in groups along the coast, including the Caracas area.