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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  • It costs $15 to get into this ruins site. Is it nice to see? Probably. Do you need to visit to know about the history? NO! In the small museum there are some artifacts that are nice to see, and other ...  more »
  • $15 dollars to get in. Very expensive for a spread out Ruin site. Very boring.....not worth doing unless history is your thing....We walked around about an hour and saw a couple of old ruin walls....D...  more »
  • I find a well preserved and trained staff to the attention to the customer, speaks about the history of Panama before and after the Spanish conquest. Outside the Museum access to the routes for people in wheelchairs and cars of baby is somewhat limited by its dirt sidewalks.
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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.
  • Small museum. There is a shuttle bus to the ruins of the old city.
  • Very interesting. The history of Panama
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  • Great museum

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