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Nickname(s): "La Ciudad Distinta"
Motto: "La Ciudad más limpia de Venezuela"
Maturín is located in Venezuela
Coordinates: 9°45′00″N 63°10′59″W / 9.750°N 63.183°W / 9.750; -63.183Coordinates: 9°45′00″N 63°10′59″W / 9.750°N 63.183°W / 9.750; -63.183
Country VenezuelaVenezuela
State Monagas
Municipality Maturín
 - Mayor José Maicavares (2008–2012)
 - City 13,352 km2 (5,155.2 sq mi)
Elevation 67 m (220 ft)
Population (2010)
 Urban 593,333

Maturín (Spanish pronunciation: [matuˈɾin] or [matuˈɾiŋ]) is a city in Venezuela, the capital of the Venezuelan state of Monagas and a centre for instrumental exploration and development of the petroleum industry in Venezuela. The metropolitan area of Maturín has a population of 401,384 inhabitants. Maturín is also a busy regional transportation hub, connecting routes from the northeastern coast to the Orinoco Delta and the Gran Sabana.



Maturin is located at 67 meters of altitude and 520 kilometres from the country's capital, Caracas. It is right next to the Guarapiche River and it's a crossroad for roads towards the center, the Caribbean coast and the Orinoco River



December 7, 1760 is the official date of the foundation of Maturín (according to the Venezuelan Academy of History) by the Franciscan missionary Lucas de Zaragoza. However, the Jesuit priest Pablo Ojer found in the Archivo General de Indias a document which proves a previous foundation of the city in 1722.[1] This primitive town was called San Juan de la Tornera de Maturín and its founder was the Spanish governor Juan de la Tornera y Sota.[1] San Juan de la Tornera de Maturín had the category of city for Spaniards, but it did not survive very long because of the lack of population and little economical resources. At the beginning San Judas Tadeo de Maturín (Lucas de Zaragoza gave this name to Maturín) was a Spanish mission created for the conversion of Indians Chaimas and Waraos, who lived next to Maturín. The Spaniards decided to move to Maturín and in 19th century it received the category of city and the name of San Fernando de Maturín.

Origin of the name Maturín

Maturín was named after an Indian chief (el Indio Maturín) who lived with his tribe next to the bank of Guarapiche River. The Indian chief was murdered by a supposed Spanish captain named Arrioja during a battle of the Indians against Spaniards in the actual location of the town in 1718. Since then the place was known as el Sitio de Maturín (place of Maturín).

Some historians concluded that the name Maturín has a French root, not an Indian one. They based their opinions on the legend of a supposed French missionary who had explored this area at the end of 17th century. The legend says that the missionary (whose surname might have been Mathurin) baptized a young Indian and gave him the name Mathurin.[1] This young Indian became el indio Maturín later. Besides there is a French saint who lived during 4th century whose name was Saint Mathurin. The young Indian might have been named after this saint by the French missionary. However the legend of this supposed French missionary has not been proved yet. On the other hand other historians disagreed with that theory. They argued that there is a plant with the same name. Besides there are some place names of Indian roots which are very similar to the name Maturín.

Independence war

Maturín (as a part of the Province of Cumaná) was on the republican side during the declaration of the Venezuelan independence on July 5, 1811. Five battles took place in Maturín from 1813 to 1814, including the famous Battle of Alto de los Godos. In this battle the Venezuelan patriots, led by Manuel Piar, obtained a great victory against the Spanish general Juan Domingo de Monteverde. Antonio José de Sucre, José Francisco Bermúdez, José Tadeo Monagas, José Gregorio Monagas and José Félix Ribas were others who fought in the five battles. The last battle of Maturín (1814), however, was a defeat. Persons, who had escaped from Caracas during the military campaign of José Tomás Boves against the republic, came to Maturín to shelter from the Spanish troops. After the battle of Urica (where Boves died) Tomás José Morales, a Spanish general, decided to take the town. The republicans defended the town, but they were beaten and many of them were murdered by Morales. The town was destroyed. Some survivors of the last battle rebuilt Maturín two years later.

XIX and XX centuries

Maturín grew slowly during 19th century. The causes of this lack of population were civil wars (which destroyed the former farming and livestock richness of the region and killed many people) and fatal diseases, such as malaria and yellow fever, which were caused by mosquitoes. In 1909 Maturín became capital of the new Monagas state. Before that the town was the capital of the Province Maturín from 1856 to 1859. In 20th century Maturín has had a quick demographic growth thanks to the discovery of petroleum fields near to the town and a health campaign done by doctors to finish with mosquitoes. Maturín is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Maturín since 1958.

Law and government

Government Palace in Maturín

Maturín has one municipality: Maturín Municipality, Venezuelan law specifies that municipal governments have four main functions: executive, legislative, comptroller, and planning. The executive function is managed by the mayor, who is in charge of representing the municipality's administration. The legislative branch is represented by the Municipal Council, composed of seven councillors, charged with the deliberation of new decrees and local laws. The comptroller tasks are managed by the municipal comptroller's office, which oversees accountancy. Finally, planning is represented by the Local Public Planning Council, which manages development projects for the municipality.

Mayors since 1990

  • María Elena de Cañizales (1990–1992) Acción Democrática
  • José Enrique López Tablero (1993–1995) COPEI, MAS
  • Domingo Urbina Simoza (1996–2000), (2000–2004) Acción Democrática
  • Numa Rojas (2004–2008) Movimiento Quinta República
  • José Maicavares (2008–2012) PSUV


Maturín is one of the most important cities in the east of the country as its strategic position serves as a bridge to the other states of the region. The city has grown during the last few years mainly because of the increase of the oil industry in the state. It is possible to travel there by land or by using José Tadeo Monagas International Airport.

Higher education

Universidad de Oriente - Maturín

Public Universities

Private Universities

  • Universidad Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho (UGMA). Information about UGMA - Maturín (Spanish)
  • Universidad Católica Cecilio Acosta (UNICA). Se siguen allí estudios a distancia. Website (Spanish)
  • Universidad de Margarita (UNIMAR). Únicamente se estudia allí carreras de postgrado. Website (Spanish)

Private Institutes of Higher Education

Places of interest

Roman Catholic temples

  • The church San Simón: the oldest church in Maturín. It was built between 1884 and 1887 and is located in front of the Plaza Bolivar.
  • The cathedral Nuestra Señora del Carmen: a catholic temple of Roman style. Its construction began in 1961 and was finished in 1981. It is located on Bolívar Avenue.


  • Parque de La Guaricha: a zoological park located on Raúl Leoni Avenue.
  • Parque Menca de Leoni: a former zoological park. It lost that category when the Parque de La Guaricha was built. Located on Juncal Avenue.
  • Parque Andrés Eloy Blanco: located on Raúl Leoni Avenue.
  • Parque Padilla Ron: located in Las Cocuizas sector.
  • Parque Rómulo Betancourt: located on Universidad Avenue, next to the Universidad de Oriente.
  • Parque de los Guaritos: located in Los Guaritos sector.

Museums, theatres and art galleries

La Cascada Shopping Center
  • Complejo Cultural de Maturín (Cultural Complex of Maturín): a group of buildings where some cultural institutions are located such as the Art School "Eloy Palacios", the Virtual Library and the Museo Mateo Manaure (Museum Mateo Manaure). The Francisco de Miranda Square and a pedestrian art gallery belong to the complex.
  • Casa de la Cultura (Culture House): a small theatre located on Bolívar Avenue.
  • Galería de Arte del CONAC (Art Gallery of the CONAC): it belongs to the network of art galleries of the CONAC. Located inside the Centro Comercial Guarapiche.


  • Amana del Tamarindo: a small town located thirty minutes from Maturín. It received its name from a tamarind tree located in the town, like the Amana River. Under this tree, which still exists, was the birthplace of José Tadeo Monagas.
  • Plaza Bolívar: the main town square of Maturín and also the oldest of the city. In front of it is the Palacio de Gobierno (built in 1942), where the governor of the state of Monagas carries out his duties.


Sports facilities




  • El Oriental (founded in 1982). Website (Spanish)
  • La Prensa de Monagas (founded in 1998). Website (Spanish)
  • Extra.
  • El Sol de Maturín (founded in 1970). Website (Spanish)
  • El Periódico de Monagas. Website (Spanish)
  • El Diario Mayor. Website (Spanish)

Web Sites

  • Website (Spanish)


AM stations

  • Radio Guarapiche 8.40 (founded in 1983)
  • Radio Monagas 9.60 (founded in 1948)
  • Radio Maturín 11.80 (founded in 1961)

FM stations

  • Órbita 88.5
  • Mirandina 88.9
  • Rumbera 89.5
  • 90.3
  • La Mega 90.9
  • Avanzadora 91.3
  • Nacional 91.7
  • Total 92.7
  • Monagas 93.5 (founded in 1991)
  • Shekinah Sinai 94.1 Website (Spanish) (Christian station).
  • Gea 94.2 FM
  • Maturín 94.7
  • La Bolivariana 95.1
  • Moriche 95.5
  • Onda 96.3
  • La Romántica 97.1
  • La Super Radio 97.9
  • Rumba 98.9
  • Emisora de los trabajadores de Venezuela 99.5
  • Fe y Alegría 100.1 (Roman Catholic station).
  • Turística 100.7
  • Fiesta 102.1
  • Caliente 102.9
  • La Preferida 104.5 Website (Spanish)
  • Vía de Escape 105.5 Website (Spanish) (Christian station).
  • XL 106.7 Website (Spanish)
  • Reviviendo tu espíritu 107.7 (Christian station).
  • Éxitos 107

TV stations

Regional network

Cable stations

  • Monagas T.V.
  • MonagasVisión.
  • Visión TV: (Christian TV station)
  • Satelital TV.

Community TV stations

  • Telematurín.
  • Rojas TV.
  • Fray Lucas de Zaragoza Televisión (FLZTV).


  1. ^ a b c González Oropeza, Hermann (1985): Historia del Estado Monagas. Ediciones Amon C.A., Caracas. (Biblioteca de Temas y Autores Monaguenses; Colección Guanipa; ensayos e investigación).

External links

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