If you head towards the Plaza Bolívar coming north up Avenida 4, the first building to your right is the Palacio ... More
Palacio Arzobispal (El)
If you head towards the Plaza Bolívar coming north up Avenida 4, the first building to your right is the Palacio Arzobispal or Archbishop's Palace. This Renaissance-style construction was started in 1933 and concluded in 1951. You can appreciate its stunning outside facade as well as its gorgeous interior layout. Here within the seat of the Archbishop of Merida, you will find corridors, stairs and halls full of valuable artistic works, including the Portrait Gallery of Merida's Bishops, a collection of paintings by Cardinal Jose Humberto Quintero.
As if plopped from some street in some city in Europe, El Palacio Arzobispal stands drawing the eyes of anyone who walks near it, commanding its attention to anyone to anyone with basic knowledge of architecture because of its ornate neoclasical stle. Its yellow walls and complex order columns command one's attention by default, its proximity to the cathedral, and the palace of government right smack in the Plaza Bolivar creates many allusions to the city, for its structure and institution give shape to the city historic casque.
From its beginning as Avenida Andres Bello, until turning into Avenida 3 at the junction with Parque Glorias Patrias, the
Avenida Urdaneta offers seventeen parks and squares for the visitor to enjoy. In many of them, you will be ...
In the vicinity of the elegantly laid out and leafy treed Plaza Bolívar, along with the classical looking civil and
religious buildings running down the side of the square, the so called Palacio Las Cinco Aguilas Blancas (Five White ...
This building dates to the end of the 16th century and has served, successively, as a Franciscan convent, seat of
the Central University of Venezuela and, currently, as the headquarters of the Academies Palace. Academies, plural, since it houses ...