The UCV is one of the most important universities in Venezuela. Public, opened and positive would be the words to describe the campus that hosts more than 70,000 students. It is so large, that it even has its own subway station called after it: Ciudad Universitaria. At this university, people can enjoy the green areas to sit and talk and a there is always an artistic vibe coming from its treasures and the different events organized by the school's programs.
At first you might be shocked by the architecture that in some way seems to be trapped in the fifties, but well, that was the time when the architect Carlos Raúl Villanueva made his design of what would be a modern and artistic university campus, integrated to the heart of the city. For Villanueva, the university was considered to become the synthesis of the arts, and that is the reason why the more you explore the university the more you will discover sculptures, mosaics and pieces of art everywhere, all of them by very important artists from Venezuela (Francisco Narvaez, Mateo Manaure), USA (Alexander Calder) and Europe, especially from France (Jean Arp, Henri Laurens, Fernand Ledger).
Access to the university is easy and free and the area that contains most of the art pieces is the hall of the chancellorship Plaza del Rectorado, a square that surrounds the main library and holds the main auditorium of the university Aula Magna. This is a must if you stop by Caracas, as the UCV was declared a World Heritage Site in 2000 by UNESCO.
Ciudad Universitaria, Los Chaguaramos Caracas