Hugo Chavez's funeral got under way with a 30-gun salute and formal introductions of some 30 world leaders.
But still there are crowds of people queueing for their chance to see the leader's body in its open casket. Many are chanting "Chavez lives and so does the revolution!"
An estimated two million people have filed past the leader's open casket since yesterday.
Scenes are not as chaotic as yesterday when dozens were injured in the crush.
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.