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“A place full of heroes”
Review of Panteon Nacional

Panteon Nacional
Ranked #10 of 131 things to do in Caracas
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The remains of celebrated Venezuelans, including Simon Bolivar, are housed inside this building, whose walls and ceilings display the most famous Venezuelan independence battle scenes.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A place full of heroes”
Reviewed 17 September 2013

I got a guided tour in Spanish, would be great if you can get it in different languages, it gives you an insight of the history of the country, but still it's great how the people Venezuela remember their heroes>

Visited September 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“already in Caracas, this is a must, especially for the blatant manifestations of the (even-un)expected new national myth”
Reviewed 2 July 2013

Unreal. Surreal. The only IMAX-type theater in the world for a dead person. Truly mind blowing. I had wondered what the big ugly building crowding the Panteon from behind was, and then I entered...and was lucky enough even to see the changing of the guard. But first: the original Panteon Nacional is a stunning and solemn place. The murals and stonework are fantastic. The ugly addition, inaugurated two years ago (if I am not mistaken) by Chavez himself, is such an incredible disgrace to the mortal remains of a person many consider to be a true hero that it must be seen. There's no question that Bolivar rightly plays in the minds of the people in many countries, but one must visit the Panteon Nacional to see how the current administration in Venezuela plays the mortal remains of a hero for many. The guards' uniforms don't fit, the protocol is laughable, the lighting done without any taste or aesthetic. Yet there in that space rest the remains (supposedly) of Bolivar. Go for a visit and take in the show. And with all due respect to Bolivar and his legacy, continue on to the Museo Nacional in Bogota for a very well curated exploration of the man and the mission...and the controversy untold in Venezuela. Enjoy!

Visited June 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Good place to go if you like history!”
Reviewed 5 February 2013

Simon Bolivar is buried in this sacred place to all the venezuelans. We suggest you to dress accordingly if you plan to visit this place.
The church was named "Iglesia de la Santisima Trinidad", and today the rest of this latin american hero are buried there.

In the square outside you can find in the trees "the pereza monkey" which climbs the trees slowly!!

Visited September 2012
Thank Conejo
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