"CARACAS: MURALS ALONG AVENIDA MEXICO" Venezuela Things to Do Tip by swesn

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I do not recall seeing this mentioned in the guidebook but to me, these murals are quite a delight!

Along Avenida Mexico, after Parque Carabobo metro station, you will come across several murals on the wall.

Some are caricatures of famous Venezuelan authors or poets.

But the ones that I really like are further down. The cartoonist drew the history of South America, particularly of Venezuela, in a continuum of caricatures and various representative symbols.

He started with when the Spanish conquistadores arrived; when the El Dorado (Gold Fever) hit them, creating a horrid part of the South American history as they tried to hunt for this mythical place, resulting in the deaths of thousands of native Indians; then mestizos were created with the unions of the Indians and the Europeans; slavery; evangelists preaching about Catholism to the natives; Simon Bolivar and his war that eventually gave birth to the independence of Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia; etc?. There was even a picture of a military general sitting on a barrel of OIL.

To me, it is indeed a very beautiful mural with deep meanings.

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  • Written Oct 19, 2007
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