Photographer's Note

The city of Santa Ana de Coro was founded in 1527 by Spanish colonists. The name "Coro" is believed to be an indigenous word meaning "wind". Coro is the capital of Falcón State and the oldest city in the west of Venezuela. In colonial times the city suffered a number of attacks. In 1806 it was briefly taken by Francisco de Miranda, who was fighting for the independence of Latin America from the Spanish, and Coro's port of La Vela was the first place in Venezuela where the country's tricolour flag was raised.

Since the 1950s Coro has been conserved as a national monument, and in 1993 Coro and its port were designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. However, in 2005 Coro was inscribed in the List of World Heritage Sites in danger.

La Zona Colonial de Coro, declarada Monumento Nacional en 1950, constituye una entidad monumental única en Venezuela . Las Calles de esta zona son de origen colonial, construidas de piedra y es allí donde la mayoría de las espectaculares viejas mansiones están ubicadas (Casa de las Ventanas de Hierro, Casa del Tesoro, Balcón de los Arcaya).

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