Baruta Municipality

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Baruta Municipality

Municipio Baruta
Flag of Baruta Municipality
Flag
Official seal of Baruta Municipality
Seal
Location in Miranda
Location in Miranda
Map showing the location of Baruta Municipality within Venezuela
Map showing the location of Baruta Municipality within Venezuela
Baruta Municipality
Location in Venezuela
Coordinates: 10°25′N 66°52′W / 10.42°N 66.87°W / 10.42; -66.87Coordinates: 10°25′N 66°52′W / 10.42°N 66.87°W / 10.42; -66.87
Country Venezuela
StateMiranda
FoundedAugust 19, 1620
IncorporatedJanuary 4, 1990
Municipal seatNuestra Señora del Rosario de Baruta
Government
 • MayorDarwin González
Area
 • Total93.9 km2 (36.3 sq mi)
Population
 • Total362,371
 • Density3,900/km2 (10,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−04:00 (VET)
Area code(s)0234
WebsiteOfficial website

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

Geography

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 Bolivarian 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

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

Parishes

Government

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

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 Justice First 62,99
2004-2008 Henrique Capriles Radonski Justice First 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
2017-2021 Darwin González 49,73

Culture

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

References