Face of Simon Bolivar 'reconstructed'

July 26, 2012 at 4:35 PM
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CARACAS, Venezuela, July 26 (UPI) -- Venezuela says artists have made a 3-D reconstruction of the face of Simon Bolivar, who died in 1830 after leading a fight against Spanish colonial rule.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez unveiled the computer-generated image, created by artists studying Bolivar's remains, at Miraflores presidential palace in the capital Caracas on the 229th anniversary of Bolivar's birth.

Two years ago Chavez ordered that the remains should be exhumed, the BBC reported.

"Bolivar is the fight that does not end, he is born every day in ourselves, in his people, in the children, in the fight for life and for social justice," Chavez, a known admirer of the Venezuelan-born national hero, said.

Bolivar's remains will now reside in a new $78 million mausoleum built in central Caracas from marble imported from South Africa.

Bolivar began his fight against the Spanish empire in the early 1800s and after independence became the president of Gran Colombia, which covered much of modern Colombia, Panama, Venezuela, Ecuador and northern Peru.

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