La Vela de Coro World Heritage Site

Venezuelan port

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Statue of Francisco de Miranda

La Vela de Coro is the port of Coro, Venezuela. Coro and its port form a conurbation, although Coro is in the municipality of Miranda and La Vela is in a separate municipality, Colina. The twin settlements were founded by the Spanish in the 16th century.

Like Coro, La Vela is notable for its architecture. In 1993 a World Heritage Site was designated to protect historic districts of both settlements. Because of its proximity to the Dutch Caribbean, the local architecture reflects Dutch influences as well as the Spanish Colonial inheritance which is typical of Venezuela.

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