Barcelona - the capital of Anzoatequi & city of parks & museums

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The original trading center, or market, now houses the Concejo Municipal or the City Hall. I was honored to take a picture with one of the military receptionists, normally they don't do that. Notice the picture of Jesus, in a government building, alongside the picture of President Chavez [when he was much younger]. The inside of the building was a lovely courtyard that had huge palms.

Other important historical areas in Barcelona are centered around the three main plazas: Bolivar, Miranda and Boyacá. Below are some of the facts of this region.

Anzoátegui State (In Spanish: Estado Anzoátegui), is one of the 23 component states of Venezuela, located in the northeastern region of the country. Its capital is the city of Barcelona. Anzoátegui is well known for its beautiful beaches that attract many visitors. Its coast is just like one single beach with approximately 100 km of length.

History
Named after the great hero of Venezuelan independence, José Antonio Anzoátegui (1789-1819), this state has its own history.

The city of Barcelona, which is currently the state's capital, was founded on 1677. The present state of Anzoátegui was included within the Province of Cumaná, which was itself part of the Captaincy General of Venezuela, along with some other provinces (Guayana, Maracaibo, Caracas, Margarita and Trinidad).

In 1810, it was separated from the province. However, it was in 1909 that acquired the present political distribution.

Geography
Anzoátegui is located in the northeastern region of the country and is bordered by the states of Monagas and Sucre to the east, Bolivar to the south, Guarico to the west and the Caribbean Sea to the north.

Population
Based on the 2001 census information, the estimated population of Anzoátegui State in 2005 is 1,241,768 inhabitants.

Economy
Anzoátegui's economy is dominated by Venezuela's principal resource: oil. It houses the "Complejo Petroquímico de Jose", one of the biggest petrochemical facilities in Latin America. However, Anzoátegui also has thriving fishing and tourism industries.

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The second museum that we went into was an interesting colonial building that is the Museo de Anzoátegui, the oldest building in the city, built in 1671. I was fascinated here as the original Indian clay tables were in the lobby, along with a huge portrait of Simon Bolivar.

One of the displays that most impressed me were three huge walls displaying pictures of all of the famous Venequelan poets. There were so many and interestingly enough their pictues were also placed inside empty bottles. Venezuela is very proud of their culture as they should be. Poets that were listed are here in alphabeticalorder. You can look up their poems on the Internet. Alfredo Armas Alfonzo;
Rafael Arráiz Lucca; Rafael Bolivar Coronado; Mario Briceño Iragorry; Federico Brito Figueroa; Manuel Caballero; María Calcaño; Perla Farías; Rómulo Gallegos; Salvador Garmendia; Boris Izaguirre; Francisco Massiani; Guillermo Meneses; Conny Méndez; Aquiles Nazoa; Juan Oropeza; Hanni Ossott; Miguel Otero Silva; Teresa de la Parra; Mariano Picón Salas; José Antonio Ramos Sucre; Luis Felipe Ramón y Rivera; Manuel Felipe Rugeles; Arturo Uslar Pietri and Ramón José Velásquez

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