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City & District
Flag of Caacupé
Coat of arms of Caacupé
Coat of arms
Caacupé is located in Paraguay
Location in Paraguay
Coordinates: 25°23′10″S 57°08′27″W / 25.38611°S 57.14083°W / -25.38611; -57.14083
Country  Paraguay
Department Cordillera
 • Mayor Diego Armando Riveros Gonzalez
 • Total 145 km2 (56 sq mi)
Population (2002)
 • Total 42,127
 • Density 290/km2 (750/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-04 (AST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-03 (ADT)
Postal code 3000

Caacupé (Spanish pronunciation: [ka(a)kuˈpe]; Guarani: Ka'akupe) is a city and district in Paraguay. It is the capital of the department of Cordillera.

The town was founded in 1770 by Carlos Murphy, a grenadier in the service of King Charles III of Spain, although a first settlement existed here from the 17th century.

The city is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Caacupé. Caacupé is best known as the site of the Virgin of Caacupé, which is housed in the enormous basilica that stands in the centre of the town. A major religious festival is held annually on 8 December in honour of the statuette "Our Lady of the Miracles". This statuette, carved in the 16th century by a devout convert, was miraculously saved from a great flood, and numerous miracles are ascribed to it.

During the rest of the year Caacupé is a quiet provincial town. It has a park with amusements.



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