Baruta Municipality

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Baruta Municipality
Municipio Baruta
Municipality
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Location in Miranda
Baruta Municipality is located in Venezuela
Baruta Municipality
Baruta Municipality
Location in Venezuela
Coordinates: 10°26′0.46″N 66°52′31.48″W / 10.4334611°N 66.8754111°W / 10.4334611; -66.8754111Coordinates: 10°26′0.46″N 66°52′31.48″W / 10.4334611°N 66.8754111°W / 10.4334611; -66.8754111
Country  Venezuela
State Miranda
Municipal seat Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Baruta
Government
 • Mayor Gerardo Blyde (Un Nuevo Tiempo)
Area
 • Total 93.9 km2 (36.3 sq mi)
Population (2016)
 • Total 362,371
 • Density 3,900/km2 (10,000/sq mi)
Time zone VET (UTC−04:00)
Area code(s) 0234
Website Official website

Baruta (pop. 317,288) is a municipality within the Metropolitan District of Caracas in Venezuela.

Geography[edit]

Baruta Municipality City Hall
Plaza El Cristo at Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Baruta church.
Autopista Prados del Este (Prados del Este Highway), important road in the municipality
Mural Jardín Lumínico, ceramic tiles mural by Patricia van Dalen on Prados del Este Highway.
Tamanaco Hotel, important to the municipality and Caracas.
Las Mercedes commercial district of the municipality

Baruta is located geographically in the South-East section of the city. Its western limit is the Los Chaguaramos neighborhood (which belongs to the Libertador Municipality) and limits to the east with the Colinas de Los Ruices neighborhood, in the Sucre Municipality. To the North, it borders with the Francisco Fajardo Highway and to the Southeast with the El Hatillo Municipality and to the Southwest with the Hoyo de la Puerta neighborhood (Libertador Municipality).

Economy[edit]

The main economic activity in Baruta is non-manufacturing business in the many office buildings within the Municipality. For example, the Procter & Gamble Latin American Headquarters are located there. Commerce is also a great source of revenue for the Baruteños, as some of the most attractive night spots in the Greater Caracas are located in Las Mercedes district. Moreover, "Las Mercedes" hosts a number of small businesses, shopping malls, and restaurants that make the area commercially rich. The Baruta Zip Code is 1080 and the Area Code is 212, the same as the Greater Caracas area.

Demographics[edit]

  • 317,288 inhabitants.
  • Density: 2.600 hab. /km².

Parishes

  • Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Baruta
  • Las Minas de Baruta
  • El Cafetal

Government[edit]

Although some of the political functions overlap with the Greater Caracas Municipality, Baruta has its own Mayor, Gerardo Blyde.

The local government has its own police force, among other responsibilities. The City Hall is currently located in the Bello Monte district, but there are plans for it to be moved to the old Baruta town.

Mayors[edit]

Period Mayor Political Party  % of votes Notes
1989-1992 Gloria Lizarraga de Capriles COPEI First Mayor
1992-1995 Ángel Enrique Zambrano Decisión Ciudadana
1995-2000 Ivonne Attas COPEI
2000-2004 Henrique Capriles Radonski Primero Justicia 62,99
2004-2008 Henrique Capriles Radonski Primero Justicia 78,83[1] Re elected
2008-2013 Gerardo Blyde Un Nuevo Tiempo

83,07[2]

2013-2017 Gerardo Blyde Un Nuevo Tiempo 79,81 Re elected

Culture[edit]

In the Municipality diverse cultural manifestations are developed, some associates to popular celebrations, like:

  • Day of the Candlemas (Paradura del niño), Date of celebration: February 2.
  • Carnival, Date of celebration: movable.
  • Holy week, Date of celebration: movable.
  • The cross of May, Date of celebration: May 3.
  • Saint Anthony, Date of celebration: June 13.
  • Saint John, Date of celebration: June 24.
  • Day of Our Lady of the Rosary of Baruta (Month of Baruta), Date of celebration: October 29.
  • Day of Our Lady of Fatima (Las Minas and Monterrey), Date of celebration: October 30.

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