Museo Panama Viejo, Panama City

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Panamá Viejo is the remaining part of the old Panama City and former capital of the country. It is located in the suburbs of the modern city. Together with the historical district of Panamá, it has been a World Heritage Site since 1997.HistoryA settlement was founded on August 15, 1519 by Pedro Arias Dávila and other 100 inhabitants. At the time, it was the first permanent European settlement on the Pacific Ocean, replacing the two cities of Santa María la Antigüa del Darién and Acla. Two years later, in 1521, the settlement was promoted to the status of city by a royal decree and was given a coat of arms by Charles V of Spain, forming a new cabildo. Shortly after its creation the city became a starting point for various expeditions in Peru and an important base where gold and silver were sent to Spain.In 1539 and 1563, the city suffered a number of fires which destroyed parts of it but did not impede the city's development. In 1610, the city reached a population of 5000, with 500 houses and convents, chapels, a hospital and the cathedral.At the beginning of the 17th century, the city was attacked several times by pirates and indigenous people from Darién. On 2 May 1620, an earthquake damaged many buildings in the city. On 21 February 1644, the Great Fire destroyed 83 religious buildings, including the cathedral. At this time, there were 8,000 people living in the city.
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  • August 6, 2017
    This is a good place to get to know how panama city was built and its beginning. Great for those who like historic tourism.  more »
  • July 17, 2017
    You can pretty much only get here by taxi. If you take an Uber, be careful with the destination you enter, as there also a city district called Panama Viejo and while it's close, it's across the highw...  more »
  • June 15, 2017
    This is a pretty no-frills museum, with no gift shop or cafe, and just one floor of displays. But the admission price is pretty low, so you might as well stop in to take a break from the humidity and ...  more »
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  • November 18, 2016
    We did not go inside the museum but we did walk around the the ruins. We spent a good 45-60 minutes walking around the area at a medium to fast pace. Entry for the ruins is $5. Make sure to climb to the top of the old cathedral which has beautiful views of the city and ocean.
  • February 1, 2017
    Small museum. There is a shuttle bus to the ruins of the old city.
  • November 2, 2016
    Very interesting. The history of Panama
  • January 14, 2017
    Imstalaciones
  • January 12, 2017
    Great museum

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