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General Simón Bolívar Memorial

A statue of General Simon Bolivar riding a horse and holding up a sword
General Simon Bolivar Memorial

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Historical/Interpretive Information/Exhibits, Public Transit

Simón Bolívar (1783-1830) known as "The Liberator" fought in more than 200 battles against the Spanish in the fight for South American independence. Bolívar provided the political and military leadership that freed Bolivia, Colombia (then including Panama), Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela from the Spanish rule. Water fountains that adjoin the Bolívar statue represent these nations. Venezuela presented this 27-foot bronze equestrian statue to the United States in 1959.

To see more Latino leader memorials and statues in DC, visit the Avenue of Latino Leaders page.

Inscriptions

pedestal front
SIMON BOLIVAR
THE LIBERATOR
BORN JULY 24 1783
CARACAS VENEZUALA
DIED DECEMBER 17 1830
SANTA MARTA COLOMBIA
Pedestal, east
THE REPUBLIC OF VENEZUELA TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1958
Pedestal, west
LIBERATED VENEZUELA COLOMBIA ECUADOR PERU BOLIVIA AND PANAMA
Pedestal, plaque
DE ABRIL DE 1810 20 DE FEBRERODE 1859
INDEPENDENCIA FEDERACION
REPUBLICA DE VENEZUELA
pedestal base
Felix W. de Weldon, Sculptor
Luis Malaussena, Architect
Casielles Asociados Engrs
Of Caracas, Venezuela

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Last updated: January 11, 2024