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Coordinates: 9°33′35″N 69°12′07″W / 9.55972°N 69.20194°W / 9.55972; -69.20194

Acarigua
City
Statue of Portuguesa in December 5 Square (Plaza del 5 de Diciembre)
Statue of Portuguesa in December 5 Square (Plaza del 5 de Diciembre)
Flag of Acarigua
Flag
Coat of arms of Acarigua
Coat of arms
Acarigua is located in Venezuela
Acarigua
Acarigua
Location in Venezuela
Coordinates: 9°33′35″N 69°12′7″W / 9.55972°N 69.20194°W / 9.55972; -69.20194
Country  Venezuela
State Portuguesa State
Municipality Páez Municipality
Founded September 29, 1620
Area
 • City 175 km2 (68 sq mi)
Elevation 195 m (640 ft)
Population (2012)
 • City 203,358
 • Density 1,200/km2 (3,000/sq mi)
 • Metro 208,495
Demonym(s) Acarigüeño (a)
Time zone VST (UTC-4:30)
Postal code 3301
Area code(s) 0255
Website Municipal website

Acarigua (Spanish pronunciation: [akaˈɾiɣwa]) founded as San Miguel de Acarigua is a city in northwestern Venezuela, in the northern part of the state of Portuguesa.

Formerly the state capital, it is a major commercial center for the northern Llanos region of South America. It is contiguous with the neighboring city of Araure.

Demographics

The city's population was 116,551 in 1990 and was estimated at 208,495 in 2008.[1]

Religion

Its Cathedral Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Corteza is the episcopal see of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Acarigua–Araure.

Ecology

Fauna

The Thysania agrippina is one of the world's largest moths, with wings 32 centimetres (13 in) in size.

Flora

The Saman or Samanea saman is the most widespread tree throughout the city.

Protected areas

  • Parque Musiu Carmelo
  • Parque Mittar Nakichenovich
  • Balneario Sabanetica
  • Balneario el Mamón
  • Parque Curpa, popularly known as José Antonio Páez Park.

Notable people

Media

Acarigua is home to 3 regional newspapers, and the community TV station Siguaraya TV.

Transport

Acarigua is served by the Oswaldo Guevara Mujica Airport.

Sports

It is home to Portuguesa FC, whose home stadium is the Estadio General José Antonio Paez.

See also

References

  1. ^ "www.world-gazetteer.com". Archived from the original on 2012-02-09. 
  2. ^ Gaceta Oficial de Venezuela, period 1979-1984.

External links