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Irribarren (Lara, Venezuela)

Municipio de Irribarren, Barquisimeto

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Iribarren Municipality (2,401,160 inhabitants in 2018; 27,600 ha) is named for Juan Guillermo Iribarren (1797-1827), a hero of the Venezuelan Independence. Iribarren fought under Generals Rafael Urdaneta and José Antonio Páez. After the proclamation of th Republic of Gran Colombia, he was appointed Commander of the 4th Military District of the Venezuela Department in 1824 and promoted to the rank of General of Brigade by Simon Bolívar on 18 March 1827.

The Metropolitan Area of Barquisimeto (1,059,092 inh.; 353 sq. km) is shared between two municipalities, Iribarren (7 parishes, out of 10), and Palavecino (3 parishes, out of 3; south-eastern part). It is therefore governed by two municipal administrations located in Barquisimeto downtown and Cabudare, respectively.
Ivan Sache, 25 October 2020

There is a flag for Municipio Iribarren's capital city, Barquisimeto, which is the forth largest city in Venezuela.
Nestor Garrido, 21 July 2002

Recently we were in Irribarren Municipality whose Capital, Barquisimeto, are it also of the Lara State. Taking into account which we could observe directly in some monuments of the City, we have made a sketch of Municipal Flag. In this case, we tried to represent more than to reproduce it although fitting the maximum possible to its design. You will observe a small Swiss Shield divided per fess in Argent and Azure which represent the Municipal Coat of Arms that appears on superior corner of the hoist of the Flag.
In any case, it's a field divided diagonally on three stripe: superior and inferior are gray and the central one, red and yellow for represent the so called "Monumento al Sol" ("Monument to the Sun") tribute to the twilights of the region made by the famous Venezuelan Plastic Artist Carlos Cruz Diez, all superposed by a white outline which remembers the so called "Obelisco" ("The Obelisk"): a monolith erected in 1952 for commemorate the foundation of the City in 1652 and that with the time has become a Barquisimetanian icon par excellence.
Raul Orta, 28 February 2003

The flag is clear gray in a side, and dark gray in the other. the obelisk superposed to the "Monument of the Sun" has the stylization of the "logotipe" that was adopted by the Mayor Office of Iribarren, under control of the "emeverrista" [member of the government party] Henry Falcon.
Nestor Garrido, 28 February 2003

"Rica en alegorías, la bandera del municipio Iribarren, ondeó por primera vez el 14 de septiembre de 2001. El gris representado en esta bandera representan las aguas cenizas del Río Turbio.
Los colores amarillo y rojo desplegados en líneas diagonales, simulan al Monumento al Sol Naciente y al tiempo hacen
alusión a los crepúsculos;
sobre ellos la imagen de El Obelisco, símbolo que desde hace 50 años se erige como emblema de los barquisimetanos, todos juntos evocan las más puras representaciones de la idiosincrasia barquisimetana".
Dov Gutterman, 15 September 2003

Rich in allegories, the flag of Iribarren municipality was hoisted for the first time on 14 September 2011. Gray represent the gray water of river Turbio.
Yellow and red, arranged in diagonal lines, represent the Monument of the Rising Sun and also refers to dawn.
Superimposed is the representation of the Obelisk; a symbol considered fro 50 years by the inhabitants of Barquisimeto as their emblem, the while design evoking the purest representations of Barquisimeto's idiosyncrasy.
Ivan Sache, 25 October 2020

The Barquisimeto Obelisk, designed by engineer María José Vásquez, was erected in 1952 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the foundation of Nueva Segovia de Barquisimeto. Of 75 m in height, therefore Venezuela's highest monolith, the obelisk is equipped with a lift that serves its roof, offering a circular view on the town and surroundings. Its location highlights the town as a major road junction. The big clock placed in the obelisk's upper part was added subsequently.
The erection of the obelisk and of several other monuments in Venezuela was pushed by President Marcos Pérez Jiménez (1914-2001; in office, 1952-1958) soon after its access to the presidency in the aftermath of a military coup (1950) and of the cancellation of the general elections (1952).

The Monument to the Rising Sun (official name, Cromointerferencia Radial - Homenaje al Sol, Radial Chromointerference - Homage to the Sun) was pushed by President Luis Herrera Campins (1925-2007; in office, 1979-1984) as a democratic counterpart to the obelisk erected during the dictatorship.
The artist Carlos Cruz Diez (1923-2019) was commissioned to design a monument of a new style, "without either obelisks or equestrian figures". The building of the monument started in 1982 but was stopped twice (1984-1985 and 1986-1987) for administrative and funding issues. Eventually funded by private companies, Seguros Lara and Pintura Montana, the monument was inaugurated on 24 September 1987 in an unofficial manner.
The monument is composed of 32 cantilever units, each weighing 5.32 ton, with the base buried in the soil so that they can resist wind blowing up to 120 km/h.
Barquisimeto en tres monumentos, C8, 18 September 2019
Ivan Sache, 25 October 2020

Coat of Arms

image from, located by Dov Gutterman, 15 September 2003

The coat of arms of Barquisimeto was selected in a public contest organized by the Municipal Council for the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the foundation of the town (1952). The winning design was proposed by the artist José Requena.

The upper dexter quarter features on a blue field an effigy of the town's founder, Juan de Villegas, supported by two lions rampant. The upper sinister quarter features on a blue field a sisal plant, commonly found in the region. The two quarters are separated by a golden stripe featuring the symbols of commerce and industry. The shield is divided in the middle by the national colors in a semi-circular pattern emitting sun rays that lit the lower quarters.
The lower quarters feature the arms of the ton, represented dexter by flags, halberds, a shining sword and a quiver filled with arrows, and, sinister by symbols of arts and spiritual resources: a lyre, a painter's plate, a pentagram, a compass and a laurel crown. The shield's perimeter is completely surrounded by a Baroque arabesque, shaped in the upper part like a fortress-shaped crown supporting a scroll inscribed "JUSTICIA" surmounted by two billy-goat's heads emerging from a ring.
Comunicas El Cují
Ivan Sache, 25 October 2020