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Asunción, population 500,939 (1992), is the capital of Paraguay. Its Metropolitan Area, named Gran Asunción, includes the cities of San Lorenzo, Fernando de la Mora, Lambaré, Luque, Mariano Roque Alonso, Ñemby and Villa Elisa; having more than 1.500.000 inhabitants. Map of Paraguay from the CIA Factbook 2002 File links The following pages link to this file: Paraguay Geography of Paraguay Asunción Talk:Paraguay Talk:Geography of Paraguay Categories: CIA World Factbook images ... Map of Paraguay from the CIA Factbook 2002 File links The following pages link to this file: Paraguay Geography of Paraguay Asunción Talk:Paraguay Talk:Geography of Paraguay Categories: CIA World Factbook images ... 1992 is a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Republic of Paraguay is a landlocked republic in South America. ... A metropolitan area is a large population center consisting of a large city and its adjacent zone of influence, or of several neighboring cities or towns and adjoining areas, with one or more large cities serving as its hub or hubs. ... San Lorenzo is Italian and Spanish for Saint Lawrence. ...


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Asunción is one of the oldest cities in South America, being known as Mother of Cities because it was from here where the colonial expeditions to found other cities departed, including the second fundation of Buenos Aires. The site of the city may have been first visited by Juan de Ayolas, but the town, called Nuestra Señora de la Asunción (Our Lady of the Assumption), was founded in August 15, 1537, by Juan de Salazar and Gonzalo de Mendoza. In 1731 an uprising under José de Antequera y Castro was one of the first rebellions against Spanish colonial rule. After the War of the Triple Alliance (1865-70), Asunción was occupied by Brazilian troops until 1876. South America South America is a continent crossed by the equator, with most of its area in the Southern Hemisphere. ... Buenos Aires (Good Winds in Spanish, but more akin to Fair Winds, as in navigation) is the capital of Argentina and its largest city and port, as well as one of the largest cities in South America. ... August 15 is the 227th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (228th in leap years), with 138 days remaining. ... Events January 6 - Alessandro de Medici assassinated August 25 - The Honourable Artillery Company, the oldest surviving regiment in the British Army, and the second most senior, was formed. ... Events 10 Downing Street becomes the official residence of the United Kingdoms Prime Minister when Robert Walpole moves in. ... The Kingdom of Spain or Spain (Spanish and Galician: Reino de España or España; Catalan: Regne dEspanya; Basque: Espainiako Erresuma) is a country located in the southwest of Europe. ... War of the Triple Alliance also known as the Paraguayan War in 1864-1870, was the bloodiest conflict in Latin-American history, fought between Paraguay and the allied countries of Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay. ... 1865 is a common year starting on Sunday. ... 1870 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... The Federative Republic of Brazil (República Federativa do Brasil in Portuguese) is the largest and most populous country in South America, and fifth largest in the world. ... 1876 is a leap year starting on Saturday. ...


The city is home to the Godoi Museum, the Church of La Encarnación, and the Panteón Nacional, a smaller version of Les Invalides in Paris, where many of the nation's heroes are entombed. Other landmarks include the Palacio de los Lopez (presidential palace) The old Senate building (a modern building opened to house Congress in 2003), the Catedral Metropolitana and the Casa de Independencia (one of the few examples of colonial architecture remaining in the city). The church at the Invalides, with its dome Les Invalides in Paris, France consists of a complex of buildings in the 7th arrondissement, now containing museums and monuments, all relating to Frances military history, as well as a hospital and a retirement home for war veterans, the buildings... The Eiffel Tower has become the symbol of Paris throughout the world. ...


The downtown area of the city, near the port and centred on the Plaza de los Heroes, and the Plaza Uruguaya was largely developed during the 1970s and 1980s, leaving little of the colonial city. However it is now rather run down and somewhat dangerous at night. The 'better' areas of Asuncion are in the suburbs towards Avenida San Martin, where the Paraguayan elite shop in US-style shopping malls driving large SUVs.


The main universities in the city are the Universidad Catolica Universidad Catolica (http://www.uca.edu.py)(private, run by the church) and the Universidad Nacional (state run)Universidad Nacional (http://www.una.py). The Catolica has a site in the centre, next to the cathedral and a larger campus in the adjoining city of Lambare, while the Nacional has it's main campus near the adjoining city of San Lorenzo. There are also a number of smaller privately run universities.


The major newspapers based in Asuncion are ABC Color (http://www.abc.com.py), Ultima Hora (http://www.Ultimahora.com),Noticias (http://www.diarionoticias.com.py) and La Nacion (http://www.lanacion.com.py). Of these ABC and Ultima Hora are probably the best regarded, however all Paraguayan media has questions about its independence hanging over it.


The City is served by a river terminal downtown, an international airport in the suburb of Luque and the main long-distance bus terminus is on Avenida Republica Argentina

Shopping center in flames in Asunción, Paraguay

On August 1, 2004, a supermarket burned down killing at least 464 people and injuring approximately 409 more - the most tragic incident in the history of Paraguay. Many shoppers were forced to escape out of windows, as the supermarket had no fire escapes. It is alleged that the shopping center's security guards locked the exit doors to prevent people leaving without paying amid looting. It has also been reported that members of the fire department of the Policia Nacional (not the volunteer firefighters who make up the majority of the Paraguayan fire service) were filmed stealing money from the tills and victims of the fire. Shopping center in flames: Asunión, Paraguay File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Shopping center in flames: Asunión, Paraguay File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... August 1st is the 213th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (214th in leap years), with 152 days remaining. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Supermarket produce section A supermarket is a store that sells a wide variety of goods including food and alcohol, medicine, clothes, and other household products that are consumed regularly. ... This is the history of Paraguay. ... A security guard is a private person who is employed to protect property and people. ...


 
 

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