Maracaibo

Maracaibo
Municipality
Maracaibo panoramica avenida Cecilio Acosta cuted.jpg
Edificios en la Avenida El Milagro, Maracaibo, Venezuela.jpg
Palacio de Eventos.jpg
Basilica of the chinita on the night of the Nazarene procession.jpg
Puente de Maracaibo.jpg
Panorama of Maracaibo, Zulia, Venezuela.jpg
Basílica Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Chiquinquirá (Exterior 1).jpg
Edificios en la avenida 5 de Julio de Maracaibo, Zulia, Venezuela.JPG
Images of Maracaibo
Flag of Maracaibo
Flag
Official seal of Maracaibo
Seal
Nickname(s): "La Tierra del Sol Amada"
(English: "The Beloved Land of the Sun")
Motto(s): "Muy noble y leal"
(English: "Very noble and loyal")
Maracaibo is located in Venezuela
Maracaibo
Maracaibo
Coordinates: 10°39′N 71°38′W / 10°39′N 71°38′W / 10.650; -71.633
The area and population figures are for the municipality.

Maracaibo (/; Spanish pronunciation: [maɾaˈkaiβo]) is a city and the municipal seat of Maracaibo Municipality in northwestern Venezuela, on the western shore of the strait that connects Lake Maracaibo to the Gulf of Venezuela. It is the second-largest city in the country (after the national capital Caracas) and the capital of the state of Zulia. The population of the city is approximately 1,495,200[1] with the metropolitan area estimated at 2,108,404 as of 2010.[2]Maracaibo is nicknamed La Tierra del Sol Amada ("The Beloved Land of the Sun").

Etymology

The name Maracaibo is said to come from the brave cacique (Indian chief) Mara, a young native who valiantly resisted the Spaniards and died fighting them. Legend says that when Mara fell, the Indians shouted "Mara kayó!" (Mara fell!), thus originating the city name --although it would be strange for them to shout in Spanish. Other historians say that the first name of this land in the local language was "Maara-iwo" meaning "Place where serpents abound".

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Maracaibo
العربية: ماراكايبو
aragonés: Maracaibo
asturianu: Maracaibo
беларуская: Маракайба (горад)
български: Маракайбо
català: Maracaibo
Cebuano: Maracaibo
čeština: Maracaibo
dansk: Maracaibo
Deutsch: Maracaibo
Ελληνικά: Μαρακαΐμπο
español: Maracaibo
Esperanto: Marakajbo
euskara: Maracaibo
فارسی: ماراکایبو
français: Maracaibo
Gàidhlig: Maracaibo
galego: Maracaibo
한국어: 마라카이보
hrvatski: Maracaibo
Bahasa Indonesia: Maracaibo
Interlingue: Maracaibo
italiano: Maracaibo
עברית: מרקאיבו
ქართული: მარაკაიბო
қазақша: Маракайбо
Кыргызча: Маракайбо
Ladino: Maracaibo
latviešu: Marakaibo
lietuvių: Marakaibas
magyar: Maracaibo
Bahasa Melayu: Maracaibo
монгол: Маракайбо
Nederlands: Maracaibo
日本語: マラカイボ
norsk: Maracaibo
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Marakaibo
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਮਾਰਾਕਾਈਬੋ
polski: Maracaibo
português: Maracaibo
română: Maracaibo
rumantsch: Maracaibo
Runa Simi: Marakaypu
Scots: Maracaibo
sicilianu: Maracaibo
Simple English: Maracaibo
slovenčina: Maracaibo
српски / srpski: Маракаибо
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Maracaibo
suomi: Maracaibo
svenska: Maracaibo
Türkçe: Maracaibo
українська: Маракайбо
vepsän kel’: Marakaibo (lidn)
Tiếng Việt: Maracaibo
Volapük: Maracaibo
Winaray: Maracaibo
中文: 马拉开波