Hugo Chavez's casket is being transported through the streets of Venezuela's capital Caracas to the military academy, where is will lie in state on Thursday.
Grieving multitudes are lining the streets of the parade route, many shouting "Chavez to the pantheon!" - referring to a mausoleum he had built to house the remains of independence hero Simon Bolivar.
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.