Panorama view of downtown San Matias area and Lake Maracaibo
|Nickname(s): "La Ciudad Petrolera ", "'Ojeda'"|
|• Mayor||Mervin Mendez (2013–2017)|
|• Total||975 km2 (376 sq mi)|
|Elevation||5 m (16 ft)|
|• Density||130/km2 (300/sq mi)|
|Website||Página web de la Alcaldía|
Ciudad Ojeda was founded on January 19, 1937 by former president Eleazar López Contreras as a settlement for the inhabitants of Lagunillas de Aguas Today, it is a major center for the oil and gas industry in the Lake Maracaibo region.
The November 13, 1939 a terrible fire destroyed Lagunillas de Agua which left over 200 person fatalities. There are several hypotheses about the cause of the fire that prompted the final and decisive transfer of population to the mainland. The truth is that the oil industry was an oily layer on the lake, which had the potential to ignite the wooden houses built on stilts in the lake. One hypothesis is the accidental fall of a kerosene lamp to the lake from the Bar Caracas. Another is a fire caused by an oil company when he was going to beat his concession, that company helped reconstruction and retained the award after all, there is no evidence of this fact.
Origin of the name
Ciudad Ojeda was named in honor of Alonso de Ojeda, the Spaniard who was the first European to discover Lake Maracaibo.
Ciudad Ojeda is a medium-sized city in relation with the biggest ones in Venezuela, with a population of approximately 130,000 inhabitants. The majority of Citojenses are of Venezuelan origin. It is also home to numerous foreign communities of Italian, Portuguese, Chinese and Arabs who have the biggest commercial businesses in the city.
Places of interest
- Iglesia de Santa Lucia (Santa Lucia's Church)
- Casa de la Cultura (Culture House)
- Muro de contencion del Lago de Maracaibo (Lago de Maracaibo's Containment Wall)
- Plaza Alonso de Ojeda (Alonso de Ojeda park)
- Plaza Simón Bolívar (Simón Bolívar park)
- El Mural Más Grande (The Biggest Mural)
Colleges and universities
- Universidad Alonso de Ojeda - (Uniojeda)
- Universidad Nacional Experimental Rafael María Baralt - (UNERMB)
- Instituto Universitario Pedro Emilio Coll - (IUTPEC)
- Denyse Floreano - Miss Venezuela 1994
- Eddie Pérez, former Major League Baseball player
- Claudia Emanuels - Miss Earth Southern USA, Model]]
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