Museo Panama Viejo, Panama City

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Panamá Viejo, also known as Panamá la Vieja, 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 site is nice to walk around and learn about the history of the city. That Yes, for the $ 15 cost of the entry because they worry about clean areas of vegetation overlooking the sea since there are too many plastics. Appreciated by the animals that live there. It is not only preserve the history, nature is also important.
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  • Interesting reading the mix of reviews. I loved the museum, thought it was world class. I learned a lot, from why the "pirate" Henry Morgan was Sir HM, knighted by the English crown, to that there was...  more »
  • Know the history of the first city founded in Panama, in this museum you will find the complete biography of place, parts and landmarks of this place dating from 500 years ago, and above all you can find on Earth of the first city of the sea of the South in the hist Oria.
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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.
  • Great place!!
  • 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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