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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  • The archaeological site is badly damaged but still you can see interesting things like the Tower of the Cathedral which you can upload and see a panoramic view of the Bay. Very hot at noon. The transport is not abundant. It is and return taxi. Average between 5 and 3 dollars depends on the taxi driver and the face of the tourist...
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  • There is plenty of history in Panama to be shown here, but it's not. For me, as a Panamanian, this is a very sad visit. However, please come in and help us out pointing any suggestions you might have ...  more »
  • This Museum focuses on the early Spanish settlement in Panama and the few remaining souvenirs and ruins that were left after the place was destroyed by British pirates. The Museum is modern and well d...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Very interesting. The history of Panama
  • Small museum. There is a shuttle bus to the ruins of the old city.
  • Great museum
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To enjoy a balance between old-fashioned architecture and new-edge culture, the southern coastal neighborhood of Casco Viejo (Old Quarter) remains the best place to stay in Panama City. You can choose from a range of stylish boutique hotels and comfortable guesthouses lining the narrow streets of this neighborhood, home to many cafes and bars. For a selection of mid-range and higher-end hotels, many with swimming pools, look to the north-central neighborhood of El Cangrejo. You can also find budget accommodations in the beachfront suburb of Calidonia.
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