Flag of Maracay
Official seal of Maracay

Nickname(s): "Ciudad Jardín"
(English: Garden City)

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Maracay is located in Venezuela
Coordinates: 10°14′49″N 67°35′46″W / 10°14′49″N 67°35′46″W / 10.24694; -67.59611
Country Venezuela
FoundedMarch 5, 1701
 • MayorPedro Bastidas
 • Total911.57 km2 (351.96 sq mi)
Elevation436 m (1,430 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total955,362
 • Density1.439/km2 (3.73/sq mi)
 • DemonymMaracayero(a)
Time zoneUTC-4:30 (VST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4:30 (not observed)
Postal codes2101, 2102, 2103, 2104
Area code(s)0243
WebsiteAlcaldía de Maracay (in Spanish)
The area and population figures are for the municipality

Maracay (Spanish pronunciation: [maɾaˈkai̯]) is a city in north-central Venezuela, near the Caribbean coast, and is the capital and most important city of the state of Aragua. Most of it falls under the jurisdiction of the Girardot Municipality. The population of Maracay and its surroundings as per the 2011 census was 955,362. In Venezuela, Maracay is known as "Ciudad Jardín", or "Garden City".


Monumento en honor al General Juan Vicente Gómez
The jaguar, symbol of the Maracaya Indians
Venus de Tacarigua, another symbol of Maracay

Officially established on March 5, 1701 by Bishop Diego de Baños y Sotomayor in the valleys of Tocopio and Tapatapa (what is known today as the central valley of Aragua) in northern Venezuela.

According to the most accepted explanation, it was named after a local indigenous chief, and refers to the "Maracayo" (Felis mitis), a small tiger. Alternative etymologies cite a local aromatic tree called Mara.

Maracay experienced rapid growth during Juan Vicente Gómez's dictatorship (1908–1935). Gómez saw Maracay as a suitable place to make his residence during his rule, and ordered the construction of an Arc of Triumph, a bull plaza (a near replica of the one in Seville, Spain), an Ópera house, a Zoo, and, most notably, the Hotel Jardín (Garden Hotel), a majestic, tourist attraction with very large gardens. The city is home to the Mausoleo de Gómez (Gómez's mausoleum), where the dictator's remains are stored.

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Afrikaans: Maracay
العربية: ماراكاي
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български: Маракай
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Deutsch: Maracay
Ελληνικά: Μαρακάι
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