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CASCO HISTÓRICO VII: LA CEIBA DE SAN FRANCISCO by Aureliano Fernández

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La ceiba de San Francisco es un árbol que se encuentra al frente de la Iglesia de San Francisco en Caracas, Venezuela. Se caracteriza por ser uno de los hitos más llamativos de la ciudad y ligado a la historia de la misma, con un tiempo de vida originado a mediados del siglo XIX. El árbol está ubicado a cien metros de la Plaza Bolívar, el lugar de fundación de la ciudad.
No se sabe con exactitud cuál fue el motivo y la identidad de su sembrador, al respecto existen varias hipótesis. La que mejor se sustenta en la creencia popular es que la ceiba fue sembrada en 1866 por la hija de Vicente Manzo, funcionario de la Policía de Caracas para ese entonces. La niña regaba la semilla constantemente hasta que cobró cuerpo. Ya para 1870, según una fotografía tomada en ese año, el árbol ya mostraba tres metros de altura, teniendo a la iglesia como fondo. Había sido plantada en el contexto de un paseo entre el antiguo Convento de las Carmelitas —luego derribado para dar paso al Palacio Federal Legislativo— y elPalacio de las Academias y la iglesia. En 1873 erigieron a su lado una estatua del entonces presidente Antonio Guzmán Blanco, apodada El Saludante, siendo la misma derribada cinco años después.
Así como la versión arriba referida, existe otra historia sobre sus orígenes, que aseguran que Simón Bolívar, al término de la Campaña Admirable en 1813, recibió el título de Libertador bajo la sombra del árbol, aunque esta anécdota es improbable ya que la ceiba no habría existido en aquella fecha.
Durante el gobierno de Guzmán Blanco, se rodeó el tronco del árbol con una defensa de cal y canto con instalaciones de madera para servir de escritorio y recadero para los comerciantes y corredores que laboraban originariamente en la Esquina La Bolsa, al momento de resgistrar sus transacciones. Este hecho sirvió de inspiración para el acutal logotipo de la Bolsa de Valores de Caracas, el cual presenta un dibujo del árbol en primer plano, con la iglesia de San Francisco y el Palacio de las Academias al fondo.
La ceiba fue declarada Patrimonio Natural en el 2001. Hoy tiene cerca de 35 metros de altura, ha sufrido podas con el tiempo y está dentro de un separador vial construido en la Avenida Universidad.

La Ceiba of San Francisco is a tree that is in front of the Church of San Francisco in Caracas, Venezuela. It is characterized as one of the most striking landmarks of the city and linked to the history of it, with a time of life originated in the mid-nineteenth century. The tree is located a hundred meters from the Plaza Bolivar, the founding place of the city.

No one knows exactly what was the motive and the identity of the sower, in this regard there are several hypotheses. The best is based on the popular belief is that the ceiba tree was planted in 1866 by the daughter of Vincent Manzo, an official of the Caracas police then. She watered the seeds constantly until it has been shaped. Already by 1870, according to a photograph taken in that year, the tree showed three meters high, with the church as a backdrop. It had been planted in the context of a walk through the old Convent of the Carmelites, then demolished to make way for the Federal Legislative Palace, and the Palacio of Academies and the church. Erected in 1873 beside a statue of then-President Antonio Guzmán Blanco, nicknamed The Saludante, the same being demolished five years later.
And the version referred to above, there is another story about their origins, to ensure that Simon Bolivar, at the end of the Admirable Campaign in 1813, received the title of Liberator in the shade of the tree, but this story is unlikely since no ceiba would have existed at that time.

During the administration of Guzmán Blanco, surrounded the tree trunk with a defense of masonry, timber facilities to serve desktop and messenger for traders and brokers who worked originally in the Corner The Stock Exchange at the time of their transactions bellonging . This was the inspiration for the current inventory logo Caracas Stock Exchange, which features a drawing of the tree in the foreground, with the church of San Francisco and the Palace of the Academies in the background.

La Ceiba was declared a Natural Heritage in 2001. Today it has about 35 meters high, has been pruning over time and is within a road divider built on University Avenue.


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GigaPan Stitch version 1.0.0805 (Windows)
Panorama size: 217 megapixels (18696 x 11648 pixels)
Input images: 36 (6 columns by 6 rows)
Field of view: 99.5 degrees wide by 62.0 degrees high (top=45.4, bottom=-16.6)
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Camera make: Canon (+ 2 unknown)
Camera model: Canon PowerShot S5 IS (+ 2 unknown)
Image size: 3256x2448, 3264x2448, 3264x2457 (8.0 megapixels - 8.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2010-05-02 10:19:58 - 2010-05-02 12:16:10
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