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Panama La Vieja, Panama City

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Journey to the ruined city (now designated a World Heritage Site) of Panama La Vieja. Wander among collapsed walls and the still-standing church tower of the city, which was established in the 1520s. Ransacked by Welsh pirate Henry Morgan in the 17th century, not much remains, but what does is evocative. The museum's diorama, along with other artifacts, gives you an idea of the full extent of the city. To get the full experience, hire a guide to shed light on these architectural relics and paint a picture of life here. Take a look at our Panama City vacation planner to schedule your visit to Panama La Vieja and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Nice history behind this 500 hundred years old construction ! Worth to go on top of the remaining cathedral !  more »
  • The ruins of the first Panama City are not particularly exciting . Very little remains as even a partial structure . The tower does however give great views over the city .  more »
  • The Panama Viejo was the first "Panama City". The site is today an archaeological site that preserves buildings of the ancient city, used especially between 1519 and 1671. Worth the visit to the place that contrasts well with the modernity of the new "Panama City".
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  • Beautiful historic ruins to walk through. Great for pictures too.
  • Great turist attraction, tours offered through the day.
  • Very beautiful and historic place. Has a museum near by which we recommend. Great history and very nice to walk through.
  • Beautiful area for pictures. Some parts were knocked down by squatters, but most of it appears to be rebuilt now.
  • it is a great spot to visit!! dont forget your school id