Coro, first capital of Venezuela
Coro, or Santa Ana de Coro, is a very charming colonial town in the northwest of Venezuela. It was founded in 1527 as the first capital of Venezuela Province and head of the first bishop founded in South America in 1531.
It is one of the oldest and best preserved colonial towns in South America. This can be seen in the colorful houses and historic buildings with Spanish, Antillean and Dutch architectural influences along the cobblestone paved streets, retaining much of the original layout of the city. This fact led UNESCO to designate the historic center of Coro as a World Heritage Site in 1993.
But two consecutive years of heavy rains caused damages to some of the old structures, prompting UNESCO to place Coro on the List of World Heritage in Danger in 2005, where it remains until today.