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Isla Margarita, La Asuncion, Venezuela - Santa Rosa de la Eminencia Castle

Venezuela travel blog by Mark Berman - January 2011   » View Photoset (24 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
La Asuncion was a place I wanted to visit for a few hours to see some of the historical attractions like the castle and cathedral. I
Venezuela Photo - Dr. Enrique Albornoz Larez bust in La Asuncion, Isla Margarita.
Dr. Enrique Albornoz Larez bust in La Asuncion, Isla Margarita.
caught a bus in Porlamar down the road from the plaza about 5 blocks past the church, the journey to La Asuncion takes around 25 minutes.

A Spectacular Valley

La Asuncion is set in a spectacular valley of green with mountains all around, the best views are from the castle.

Tour of the Town

When I arrived the bus dropped me off outside the arts center Centro de Artes. On the wall outside is a plaque with the face of Omar Carreño moulded into it, an abstract painter and architect, he was born on Margarita in 1927. On the opposite side of the road stands the cathedral Catedral de la Asuncion which was built in the late 16th century. It's an impressive strong stone construction with a clock and bell tower and
Venezuela Photo - Cannon corner at Castillo Santa Rosa de la Eminencia castle and fort, La Asuncion, Isla Margarita.
Cannon corner at Castillo Santa Rosa de la Eminencia castle and fort, La Asuncion, Isla Margarita.
large wooden arched doorways. Beside the cathedral is Plaza Bolivar which has a few interesting things to see in it like the white sculpture that looks like a large shell and there are a pair of big bells that are a monument called Monumento a las Campanas de los Anos 1664 y 1851. There is a statue of white of a woman named Luisa Caceres de Arismendi (1799-1866), she was a heroine in the War of Independence of Venezuela. The plaza itself is a beautiful and spacious place with walkways, bench seats, night lamps and plenty of trees and of
Venezuela Photo - A painting in a viewing room at Castillo Santa Rosa, La Asuncion, Isla Margarita.
A painting in a viewing room at Castillo Santa Rosa, La Asuncion, Isla Margarita.
course there is a monument to Simon Bolivar.

Castle - Castillo Santa Rosa de la Eminencia

From the plaza I started the 10 minute walk up the hill to see the castle Castillo Santa Rosa de la Eminencia which was constructed over many years during the 17th century and completed in 1682. I walked up the hill on the winding road passing a few houses on the way and watching the views open up until I arrived at the entrance where there is a carpark. Brick stairs lead up to the doorway in the stone wall into the castle where a white sculpture of Bolivar greets me. First I wanted to go up to the top deck and see the views and cannon. This was definitely a great place to build a castle fort because the views are far
Venezuela Photo - The black horse in a viewing room at the castle fort in La Asuncion, Isla Margarita.
The black horse in a viewing room at the castle fort in La Asuncion, Isla Margarita.
reaching right across the whole valley to the mounatins all around, what a vantage point! There are some big cannon up here, bastions and little rooms. I looked down to the courtyard area on the ground level and walked down the stone ramp. A bunch of cannonballs sit on the ground as well as an old portable cannon with wooden wheels. On the ground level are many little rooms off to the sides, some used for special purposes like for prisoners and some housing things of interest like a black horse, paintings, guns, shields, swords, axes, knives, a crossbow, keys and locks. The castle walls and tiled roof have a nice orange color and the Venezuelan flag flies on a pole on the top floor.

Nueva Cadiz Museum

I walked back down the hill to town where I visited the museum Museo Nueva Cadiz, the pink building where there is information about the history of the area. There are gardens with potplants and ceramics, turtles swimming in a pool with a huge replica of Isla Margarita inside, also board displays, maps and a large model ship.

Bus to Juan Griego

Outside the museum I took a bus next to Juan Griego 15kms away and passing through Tacarigua 5kms and Santa Ana 8kms.

     

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Map location: Isla Margarita - La Asuncion, Venezuela. La Asuncion is set in a spectacular valley of green with mountains all around, the best views are from the castle (Castillo Santa Rosa de la Eminencia)!
 A : Isla Margarita - Juan Griego - Venezuela 10 kms 10 kms straight distance | 26mins 26mins by car (13 kms) | 31mins 31mins by bus (13 kms) (13 kms)
 B : Isla Margarita - Pampatar - Venezuela 7 kms 7 kms straight distance | 26mins 26mins by car (14 kms) | 31mins 31mins by bus (14 kms) (14 kms)
 C : Isla Margarita - Porlamar - Venezuela 11 kms 11 kms straight distance | 39mins 39mins by car (27 kms) | 46mins 46mins by bus (27 kms) (27 kms)
 D : Isla Margarita - La Restinga - Venezuela 28 kms 28 kms straight distance | 46mins 46mins by car (41 kms) | 55mins 55mins by bus (41 kms) (41 kms)
 E : Isla Margarita - Boca de Rio - Venezuela 32 kms 32 kms straight distance | 52mins 52mins by car (46 kms) | 1hr 2mins 1hr 2mins by bus (46 kms) (46 kms)
 F : Puerto La Cruz & Barcelona - Venezuela 137 kms 137 kms straight distance | 3hrs 13mins 3hrs 13mins by car (158 kms) | 3hrs 51mins 3hrs 51mins by bus (158 kms) (158 kms)
 G : Ciudad Bolivar - Venezuela 330 kms 330 kms straight distance | 6hrs 14mins 6hrs 14mins by car (437 kms) | 7hrs 28mins 7hrs 28mins by bus (437 kms) (437 kms)
 H : Ciudad Guayana - Venezuela 326 kms 326 kms straight distance | 6hrs 59mins 6hrs 59mins by car (510 kms) | 8hrs 22mins 8hrs 22mins by bus (510 kms) (510 kms)
 I : Colonia Tovar - Venezuela 378 kms 378 kms straight distance | 8hrs 26mins 8hrs 26mins by car (533 kms) | 10hrs 7mins 10hrs 7mins by bus (533 kms) (533 kms)
 J : Puerto Colombia - Venezuela 410 kms 410 kms straight distance | 9hrs 54mins 9hrs 54mins by car (598 kms) | 11hrs 52mins 11hrs 52mins by bus (598 kms) (598 kms)
 K : Puerto Cabello - Venezuela 459 kms 459 kms straight distance | 9hrs 9mins 9hrs 9mins by car (635 kms) | 10hrs 58mins 10hrs 58mins by bus (635 kms) (635 kms)
 L : Morrocoy National Park - Venezuela 487 kms 487 kms straight distance | 9hrs 51mins 9hrs 51mins by car (691 kms) | 11hrs 49mins 11hrs 49mins by bus (691 kms) (691 kms)
 M : San Felipe - Venezuela 538 kms 538 kms straight distance | 10hrs 10hrs by car (717 kms) | 12hrs 12hrs by bus (717 kms) (717 kms)
 N : Coro to Puerto Cabello - Venezuela 527 kms 527 kms straight distance | 10hrs 32mins 10hrs 32mins by car (750 kms) | 12hrs 38mins 12hrs 38mins by bus (750 kms) (750 kms)
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


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