Architecture of Venezuela
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The pre-Columbian architecture in Venezuela was simple
and little to no original architecture from this time period remains. Most of the
buildings built at this time were houses made of wood, all of which have since been
lost to time.
With the arrival of the Spanish the architectural diversity
and complexity greatly expanded. The early settlements began along the Caribbean
coast and were generally built in the Spanish style. However these settlements grew
slowly and were heavily influenced by the Caribbean and settlers from other countries,
meaning there are few places that are fully Spanish in influence.
One of the most impressive architectural cities in Venezuela
is Coro, which sits on the Caribbean and was founded in 1527. The historic heart
of this city is generally Spanish in style and design, but most houses use local
materials, including adobe for their construction. There are also a number of Dutch elements in the designs as the Dutch had much
influence in the region during the growth of the city. Almost the entire town center
mixes these styles, including some of the most impressive buildings in the city,
including the Minor Basilica of Coro, Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco,
Casa del Sol, Casa de las Ventanas de Hierro (1765), and others.