Jají, Venezuela

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Coordinates: 8°34′16″N 71°20′41″W / 8.57111°N 71.34472°W / 8.57111; -71.34472

San Miguel de Jají
Jaji - un pueblo de Ejido2.JPG
San Miguel de Jají is located in Venezuela
San Miguel de Jají
San Miguel de Jají
Coordinates: 8°34′16″N 71°20′41″W / 8.57111°N 71.34472°W / 8.57111; -71.34472
Country Venezuela
States Mérida
Municipalities Campo Elías Municipality
Elevation 1,781 m (5,843 ft)
Climate Cfb

Jají is a community in the Campo Elías Municipality of Mérida state in Venezuela, in the foothills of the Cordillera Oriental, at an altitude of 1781 m. It is 34 kilometers from the city of Mérida.

The town was founded in 1580 by Bartolomé Gil Naranjo with the name San Pedro de Jají. García Varela refounded the town in 1610 with the name of San Miguel de Jají.[1]

It is now a planned village, restored in the twentieth century in Spanish Colonial style, and a major tourist destination. It has guest houses, a museum and a colonial-style church. Jají opened in 1971 after its reconstruction was started in 1968. The restoration salvaged the facades and retained doors, windows and original bars more than 400 years old.[1]



  1. ^ a b "JAJI - Municipio Campo Elías" (in Spanish). Estado de Mérida. Archived from the original on 2009-03-25. Retrieved 2009-11-18. 

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