Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Barquisimeto

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Barquisimeto (Latin: Archidioecesis Barquisimetensis) is a Latin Catholic Metropolitan archdiocese in northwestern Venezuela's Lara state.

Archdiocese of Barquisimeto

Archidioecesis Barquisimetensis
Catedral de Barquisimeto.jpg
Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Country Venezuela
Area8,590 km2 (3,320 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2006)
1,142,504 (65.1%)
RiteLatin Rite
Established7 March 1863 (158 years ago)
CathedralCathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Current leadership


  • Established on 7 March 1863 as Diocese of Barquisimeto, on territory split off from the then Diocese of Mérida (now Metropolitan)
  • Suppressed on 14 August 1867, its territory reassigned to the new, short-lived Diocese of Coro y Barquisimeto (in fact a see transfer to Coro)
  • Restored on 22 October 1869 as Diocese of Barquisimeto from that (suppressed) Diocese of Coro y Barquisimeto
  • Lost territory on 12 October 1922 to establish the Diocese of Coro and on 7 June 1954 to establish the Diocese of Guanare, its own suffragan
  • Promoted on 30 April 1966 as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Barquisimeto.
  • Lost territory again to establish two more suffragans : on 7 October 1966 the Diocese of San Felipe and on 25 July 1922 the Diocese of Carora.

Special churchesEdit

Its cathedral episcopal see is the very modern Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Barquisimeto. There is also a Minor Basilica : Basílica el Santo Cristo de la Gracia, also in Barquisimeto.


(all Roman rite)

Episcopal ordinariesEdit

Suffragan Bishops of Barquisimeto
Metropolitan Archbishops of Barquisimeto

Coadjutor bishopEdit

Auxiliary bishopsEdit

Other priest of this diocese who became bishopEdit


Its ecclesiastical province comprises the Metropolitan's own archbishopric and the following Suffragan sees:

See alsoEdit


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Coordinates: 10°04′25″N 69°19′17″W / 10.0737°N 69.3214°W / 10.0737; -69.3214