El Valle del Espíritu Santo

El Valle del Espíritu Santo
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El Valle del Espíritu Santo is located in Venezuela
El Valle del Espíritu Santo
El Valle del Espíritu Santo
Coordinates: 10°58′52″N 63°52′43″W / 10°58′52″N 63°52′43″W / 10.98111; -63.87861
Country Venezuela Venezuela
State Nueva Esparta
Counties García
Area
 • Total 89 km2 (34 sq mi)
Elevation 86 m (267 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 45,606

El Valle del Espíritu Santo [1] is a village near Porlamar, in the Nueva Esparta state of Venezuela. Founded as the capital of the island in 1529, El Valle del Espíritu Santo is just north of Porlamar. It is the birth town of Santiago Mariño and his sister, Concepción Mariño, as well as where the patron of the island, the Virgin of El Valle appeared. In the village there is a has a pink-and-white church (see below) honoring the Virgen del Valle. Visitors go to the village all year-round, but especially on her feast day in early September. [2] [3]

The Virgin of El Valle Church

The basilica of Our Lady of El Valle is a building with two main towers. On the inside, it is very well illuminated. The figure of the virgin is in the altar, venerated by all the locals and all the fishers from the country, because she is their patron. The windows are simple and bright. The Diocesan Museum is located next to the church.