Mérida, Mérida

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of the main touristic spots. In its trajectory, it ascends from the central quarter to the Sierra Nevada (Sierra Nevada de Mérida). The cable car was completed in 1958. It has now been closed. Religious buildings Mérida has about two dozen religious buildings dedicated to Christianity, the most important of which are Catholic (Catholic Church) churches and chapels, since it is the religion with most number of followers in Venezuela. ;Cathedral of Mérida: The city's Minor Basilica, built in Baroque style (Baroque architecture), similar to the Cathedral of Toledo, Spain. It is the main Catholic building in the city, where the Archbishop of Mérida presides the mass services. ;Iglesia del Carmen: The oldest religious structure in Mérida, Our Lady of Carmen Church stands close to the Plaza Bolívar. Visitors marvel at its colonial architecture and its historical significance - the church is a seat of the Carmelite Brotherhood (Carmelites). It served as cathedral of the city between 1812 and 1866, before the current one was built. ;Iglesia de la Tercera ;Iglesia del Llano: Mérida's only building in the Gothic style. It stands near the place where an old chapel held the first wooden cross brought to Mérida by the Spaniards. ;Iglesia de Milla: This is one of the oldest churches in the city, originally built in the 18th century and rebuilt in 1907 after an earthquake. It is located in front of the square with the same name. ;Archbishop's Palace: A Baroque palace located in front of Bolívar Square. It has served as the residence for the Archbishop since 1951. It houses the Archdiocesan Museum. Parks, squares, and sightseeing thumb 270px right View of the Bolívar Square with the statue dedicated to the ''Libertador'' and the cathedral in the background (File:Plaza Bolívar Mérida.JPG) Mérida is famous nationwide for its great number of parks and squares, providing its inhabitants with access to nature. There are, at least, a dozen squares and two dozen parks, some of which are described below. ;Boulevard de los Pintores (Painters' Boulevard): On this street painters congregate in order to create, exhibit, and sell their works. ;Aquarium Garden: This aquarium exhibits both fresh and salt water fish. It also has collections relating to Mérida's rural past. ;Beethoven Park: Located in front of the Museum of Modern Art in the northern area of the city, this pretty park has a clock on the ground, whose numbers are flowerpots, and large mechanical carillon clock with wooden elves that play melodies from the famous German composer (Ludwig van Beethoven). ;Mérida Botanical Garden (Botanical Garden of Mérida): This was the first botanical garden in the city. It is located in the extreme north of the city and has about 40 hectares under cultivation. ;Parque Domingo Peña: Also called ''Paseo de la Feria'' or ''Parque de los Conquistadores'', consists of an avenue with a lookout point facing the Sierra Nevada. Student celebrations and get-togethers often take place here. ;Parque Metropolitano Albarregas: This park is the largest in the city, '''Estadio Guillermo Soto Rosa''' is a multi-use stadium in Mérida (Mérida, Mérida), Venezuela. It is currently used mostly for football (football (soccer)) matches and was the home stadium of Estudiantes de Mérida Fútbol Club until Estadio Metropolitano de Mérida opened in 2005. It currently hosts the home matches of the ULA (Universidad de Los Andes FC) football team. The stadium holds 14,000 spectators http: www.worldstadiums.com south_america countries venezuela.shtml . prominence location Mérida (Mérida, Mérida), Venezuela range Sierra Nevada (Sierra Nevada de Mérida), Andes Televen purchased eight new transmitters to reach new markets in Maturín, Valle de la Pascua, Mérida (Mérida, Mérida), Valencia (Valencia, Carabobo), and Puerto Cabello. Televen also modernized their existing transmitters in Caracas, Coro (Santa Ana de Coro), Vargas (Vargas (state)), Maracaibo, Maracay, Puerto Ordaz, Puerto La Cruz, and Margarita (Isla Margarita). Protests also occurred in six other cities, and there were violent clashes between students and throwing rocks, and police shooting plastic bullets. Demonstrations occurred in the cities of Mérida (w:Mérida, Mérida), Maracaibo (w:Maracaibo), Puerto la Cruz (w:Puerto la Cruz), San Cristóbal (w:San Cristóbal, Táchira), Barquisimeto (w:Barquisimeto) and Valencia (w:Valencia, Carabobo) on Wednesday. The Santa Barbara Airlines (w:Santa Barbara Airlines) plane took off just before dusk from the city of Mérida (w:Mérida, Mérida) en route to Simón Bolívar International Airport (w:Simón Bolívar International Airport) outside the capital city of Caracas (w:Caracas).


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organized by and for high school (secondary education) or university (higher education) graduates upon earning their degree. In recent years, this tradition has been extended to include younger students who have completed their primary or elementary education (primary education). Such celebrations usually occur during the first days of June for high school graduates, and throughout nearly the entire year for college graduates. Similar festivities can be found in other parts of the country, but the ''Caravanas'' of Mérida have a special relevance and importance given the city's large student population. Other customs firmly rooted in the Méridan tradition, usually associated with fixed dates, include ''Patinatas Navideñas'' or "Christmas skating", which occurs in the city streets throughout the month of December; the ''Fiesta de las Velas'' on December 7 when in the evening all the electricity is turned off and some 18,000 candles are lit; the ''Fiesta de San Benito'' between January 12 and 31 celebrated with a drummers processions and street dancing; or the ''Vasallos de la Candelaria'', another typical festivity with children and street dancing. Cuisine '''Estadio Guillermo Soto Rosa''' is a multi-use stadium in Mérida (Mérida, Mérida), Venezuela. It is currently used mostly for football (football (soccer)) matches and was the home stadium of Estudiantes de Mérida Fútbol Club until Estadio Metropolitano de Mérida opened in 2005. It currently hosts the home matches of the ULA (Universidad de Los Andes FC) football team. The stadium holds 14,000 spectators http: www.worldstadiums.com south_america countries venezuela.shtml . prominence location Mérida (Mérida, Mérida), Venezuela range Sierra Nevada (Sierra Nevada de Mérida), Andes Televen purchased eight new transmitters to reach new markets in Maturín, Valle de la Pascua, Mérida (Mérida, Mérida), Valencia (Valencia, Carabobo), and Puerto Cabello. Televen also modernized their existing transmitters in Caracas, Coro (Santa Ana de Coro), Vargas (Vargas (state)), Maracaibo, Maracay, Puerto Ordaz, Puerto La Cruz, and Margarita (Isla Margarita). Protests also occurred in six other cities, and there were violent clashes between students and throwing rocks, and police shooting plastic bullets. Demonstrations occurred in the cities of Mérida (w:Mérida, Mérida), Maracaibo (w:Maracaibo), Puerto la Cruz (w:Puerto la Cruz), San Cristóbal (w:San Cristóbal, Táchira), Barquisimeto (w:Barquisimeto) and Valencia (w:Valencia, Carabobo) on Wednesday. The Santa Barbara Airlines (w:Santa Barbara Airlines) plane took off just before dusk from the city of Mérida (w:Mérida, Mérida) en route to Simón Bolívar International Airport (w:Simón Bolívar International Airport) outside the capital city of Caracas (w:Caracas).


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the limited space available for development, Mérida has the largest proportion of green areas per capita in Venezuela, thanks to its many squares and public parks, the one surrounding the river Albarregas being particularly noteworthy. The School of Architecture Igor Puentes: ''Proponen red de espacios públicos para mejorar calidad de vida de los merideños''. Universidad de Los Andes. 17 November 2005 Mérida, Venezuela.


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the end of its service life. ** Former building society Northern Rock is the first bank in Europe to be taken into state control, due to the U.S. subprime mortgage financial crisis.


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Library ), which is also an area of exhibits and historical displays, a branch of the National Library of Venezuela, and the public library Simón Bolívar, subsidized by the government. Other public and private institutions such as schools, churches, and language institutes have their own minor libraries to be used by their members. Additionally, land originally set aside for a metropolitan library in 2006 was reallocated for the use of National Experimental University of the Armed Forces, and a new site for the proposed library has yet to be granted. Culture thumb 270px right Lake La Rosa and the Museum of Science and Technology in the background. (File:Laguna La Rosa Mérida.JPG) The city's culture closely resembles that of ''Andean Folklore'' and is in fact the main, if not defining, example of this folklore. Inhabitants of Mérida, with deep connections to their culture, are characterized by their well-preserved traditions and slow, unhurried way of life. The city itself can be recognized by its many well-preserved colonial parks and buildings, in addition to its famous social scene, the local art and craftwork, and the unique regional cuisine. Museums, cultural centers, and theaters - valign "top" * Archaeological Museum * Archdiocesan Museum * Museum of Science and Technology * Museum of Colonial Art * Museum of Modern Art valign "top" * Juan Félix Sánchez House of Culture * Tulio Febres Cordero Cultural Center * César Renginfo Theater - Not many know that the Archdiocesan Museum of Mérida houses the second and third oldest bells in the world, the so-called ''Ave María'' bell from the year 909 and ''San Pedro'' of 912. '''Estadio Guillermo Soto Rosa''' is a multi-use stadium in Mérida (Mérida, Mérida), Venezuela. It is currently used mostly for football (football (soccer)) matches and was the home stadium of Estudiantes de Mérida Fútbol Club until Estadio Metropolitano de Mérida opened in 2005. It currently hosts the home matches of the ULA (Universidad de Los Andes FC) football team. The stadium holds 14,000 spectators http: www.worldstadiums.com south_america countries venezuela.shtml . prominence location Mérida (Mérida, Mérida), Venezuela range Sierra Nevada (Sierra Nevada de Mérida), Andes Televen purchased eight new transmitters to reach new markets in Maturín, Valle de la Pascua, Mérida (Mérida, Mérida), Valencia (Valencia, Carabobo), and Puerto Cabello. Televen also modernized their existing transmitters in Caracas, Coro (Santa Ana de Coro), Vargas (Vargas (state)), Maracaibo, Maracay, Puerto Ordaz, Puerto La Cruz, and Margarita (Isla Margarita). Protests also occurred in six other cities, and there were violent clashes between students and throwing rocks, and police shooting plastic bullets. Demonstrations occurred in the cities of Mérida (w:Mérida, Mérida), Maracaibo (w:Maracaibo), Puerto la Cruz (w:Puerto la Cruz), San Cristóbal (w:San Cristóbal, Táchira), Barquisimeto (w:Barquisimeto) and Valencia (w:Valencia, Carabobo) on Wednesday. The Santa Barbara Airlines (w:Santa Barbara Airlines) plane took off just before dusk from the city of Mérida (w:Mérida, Mérida) en route to Simón Bolívar International Airport (w:Simón Bolívar International Airport) outside the capital city of Caracas (w:Caracas).


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) to the current estimate of 214,000. The increase in number of inhabitants was mainly due to a recent exodus (Rural exodus) of farmers moving to the urban centers, a phenomenon seen all over the country. Moreover, the prestige of the University of the Andes transformed Mérida in one of the leading educational centers nationwide. As a result, the city houses an important student population from all over the country. According to the last census, performed in 2001, Mérida's population


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, a number of cultural and popular events constantly take place in these locations. Notable among these events are the concerts of the ''Symphonic Orchestra of Mérida'', as well as concerts of local bands, performing rock and other musical styles. Many of the night-clubs and discos open till 5 AM or so, with a few of them open until the sun rises next morning. A common practice among the thousands of college students is grab breakfast after partying all night long, and then go to bed. Media


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'' - December 8 ''Immaculate Conception Feasts'' - December 31 ''Burning of the Past Year'' In addition to national holidays and events, several festivals take place and have origins in Mérida. Most are religious celebrations, and a few - such as the city's famous "Feria del Sol (Feria del Sol (Mérida))" or "Sun Fair" that takes place in the beginning of February - are of an international scale. For Mérida, the most important and famous religious traditions are those


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'''Estadio Guillermo Soto Rosa''' is a multi-use stadium in Mérida (Mérida, Mérida), Venezuela. It is currently used mostly for football (football (soccer)) matches and was the home stadium of Estudiantes de Mérida Fútbol Club until Estadio Metropolitano de Mérida opened in 2005. It currently hosts the home matches of the ULA (Universidad de Los Andes FC) football team. The stadium holds 14,000 spectators http: www.worldstadiums.com south_america countries venezuela.shtml . prominence location Mérida (Mérida, Mérida), Venezuela range Sierra Nevada (Sierra Nevada de Mérida), Andes Televen purchased eight new transmitters to reach new markets in Maturín, Valle de la Pascua, Mérida (Mérida, Mérida), Valencia (Valencia, Carabobo), and Puerto Cabello. Televen also modernized their existing transmitters in Caracas, Coro (Santa Ana de Coro), Vargas (Vargas (state)), Maracaibo, Maracay, Puerto Ordaz, Puerto La Cruz, and Margarita (Isla Margarita). Protests also occurred in six other cities, and there were violent clashes between students and throwing rocks, and police shooting plastic bullets. Demonstrations occurred in the cities of Mérida (w:Mérida, Mérida), Maracaibo (w:Maracaibo), Puerto la Cruz (w:Puerto la Cruz), San Cristóbal (w:San Cristóbal, Táchira), Barquisimeto (w:Barquisimeto) and Valencia (w:Valencia, Carabobo) on Wednesday. The Santa Barbara Airlines (w:Santa Barbara Airlines) plane took off just before dusk from the city of Mérida (w:Mérida, Mérida) en route to Simón Bolívar International Airport (w:Simón Bolívar International Airport) outside the capital city of Caracas (w:Caracas).


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of their mandatory service commitment. Another feature common to both the Spanish and the Venezuelan Méridas is that in both cities, there is a tributary of the main river with the name Albarregas. Geography 200px thumb The Pico Bolívar (File:Bolívar usgs.jpg). 200px thumb Mérida lies within a valley, with many colonial towns adjacent (File:Páramo Merideño.jpg) The city is located in the center of the Venezuelan Andes, in a wide plain in the valley of the Chama River

Mérida, Mérida

'''Mérida''', officially known as ''Santiago de los Caballeros de Mérida'', is the capital of the municipality (Municipalities of Venezuela) of Libertador (Libertador Municipality, Mérida) and the state of Mérida (Mérida (state)), and is one of the principal cities of the Venezuelan Andes. It was founded in 1558 by Captain Juan Rodríguez Suárez, forming part of Nueva Granada (Viceroyalty of New Granada), but later became part of the Captaincy General of Venezuela and played an active role in the War of Independence (Venezuelan War of Independence). thumb 271px Mérida, the highland and student town of Venezuela (File:Merida City SG.jpg) 271px thumb The Mérida cable car (File:Merida-Teleferico.jpg) is the highest and largest cable car in the world

The capital city's population is 204,879 inhabitants and the metropolitan area, that includes the municipality of Libertador, reaches 345,489 people (Census 2001). The city accounts for 28% of the total population of Mérida State, which has more than 750,000 inhabitants (Census 2001). It is home to the University of Los Andes (University of the Andes (Venezuela)) and the Archdiocese of Mérida (Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mérida). It also has the highest and longest cable car (Mérida cable car) in the world. It is the largest student and tourist center of western Venezuela. The mass transit system (Trolebús Mérida (Trolleybuses in Mérida)) is available as a means of tourist transport.

This city sits on a tableland nestled in the valley of the Chama River (Chama River (Venezuela)), which runs from end to end. The town of Mérida is located at an altitude of 1,600 meters (5,249 ft). As background on the horizon rises the country's highest summit: the Pico Bolívar with an altitude of 4981 meters (16,338 ft).

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