Did you know that the "first" Panama City was founded on August 15, 1519 and that it lasted one hundred and fifty-two years.? So, before an attack from the famous pirate Henry Morgan, the then Governor decided to set the town on fire and move everyone out to a new site. A new city was then built with walls around it to protect it from other further attacks.
This enchanting and magical place is now known as Casco Antiguo (Old Town), and previously known as Casco Viejo. It is a World Heritage Site, and I will take you around the many original buildings, tell you incredible stories about the area, show you the renovations being made to restore its charm and talk to some locals.
You will be able to enter fantastic souvenir shops, see the modern city from the distance, and enjoy the small cobblestonestone streets with its particular neighbors.
I will tell you interesting stories while we visit:
La Catedral Metropolitana (main Catholic cathedral in Panama City).
El Palacio de las Garzas, is the governmental office and residence of the President of Panama. (Sometimes they let us go real near the main entrance...maybe we will be lucky?)
Church and Convent of Saint Francis of Assisi.
Church of San José (with a Gold Altar...I will tell you about this magnificent story of courage from a priest)
Church of La Merced
Church and Convent of Santo Domingo: The Flat Arch
Palacio Municipal, which dates from the beginning of the 20th century.
National Theatre of Panama
Panama Canal Museum
Góngora House (with some luck, some art exhibit will be in place)
Plaza de Francia
Plaza de la Independencia
And any art exhibitions that are taking place in the area.
Let's have fun learning about the history of Panama City. Let's go back in time....