President Hugo Chavez's casket has been seen in public for the first time.
A priest led a short service honouring the leader before the casket was carried into a crowded street in the capital Caracas and loaded onto a hearse.
More than 20 world leaders are expected to attend the funeral today, but there will be no burial as he will be embalmed.
Thousands flocked to the streets of Caracas to see the coffin of Chavez travel through the city to lie in state until Friday's funeral.
A look back at the life of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez who has died at the age of 58 after a two-year battle with cancer.