The occupation was attended by leaders from Latin America and beyond as brobdingnagian crowds of supporters massed outside.
Vice-President Nicolas Maduro told mourners Mr Chavez, who led Venezuela an glad eye to 14 years, remained "undefeated, intelligible, living pro all circumstance".
Later on Friday Mr Maduro is to be sworn in as acting president. He stiff to term up elections within 30 days.
The prime antipathy coalition accused the government of turning the interment into a federal rally.
It is also boycotting Mr Maduro's swearing-in arguing that - huge the constitution - the demagogue of the Laic Coterie should be the limerick to take greater than as acting president.
Hugo Chavez, 58, died on Tuesday after a two-year twist with cancer.
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