Plaza de Altamira, Caracas

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See one of the landmarks of the capital city when you visit Plaza de Altamira. In the center of the plaza stands the obelisk, a symbol of the city. A fountain begins at the obelisk and the water falls all the way down to the edge of the plaza. While at the edge of the plaza, stop to have a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants that surround the open area. From the plaza, also admire the views of nearby mountains. For your safety, many visitors recommend not visiting the plaza after dark. Plan your visit to Plaza de Altamira and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Caracas vacation planner.
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  • If you are using the Caracas metro line, you can make a stop and meet square, very picturesque and well recognized by your obelisk and overlooking the cerro el Ávila, also you can see buildings of the Decade of the 60s that still remain.
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  • the original name of "Plaza Altamira" was later changed due to an agreement between the cities of Caracas and Paris to have a 'Venezuela Square' in Paris and a 'France Square' in Caracas as a symbol o...  more »
  • With our cerro Ávila to the Fund and its Obelisk that is often light up in different colors, today all we call it Plaza Altamira, although its original name was Plaza France. Landmark in the struggle for democracy.
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