Hundreds of thousands of people lined up in the streets of Caracas on Friday to mark the funeral of late President Hugo Chavez. The ceremony was attended by celebrities and world leaders such as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Cuban leader Raul Castro.
Most of the normally traffic-choked streets of Caracas were empty, with schools and many businesses shuttered. The government also prohibited alcohol sales. Many Venezuelans, particularly Chavez supporters, said they were caught up in the pomp and circumstance of the past few days, and flattered to be the subject of world's attention.
"This is historic ...I have never seen anything like it," said Edila Ojeda, a 57-year-old janitor. "He was a world leader recognized internationally. I am speechless. It is impressive."
Chavez died on Tuesday after a long battle with cancer. He was 58.
Take a look at photos from the funeral in the slideshow below.