While touring the Casco Antiguo in Panama City you will realize about the history inside these buildings. Some with a spanish or french architectural design, others a little more caribbean style but all of them promise to be restored soon. In 1997 UNESCO declared Casco Antiguo as Historial Heritage of the World; that was the time when the restoration process started.
If you walk by Plaza Herrera located in Calle 9na. you will find the Monument to General Tomas Herrera, a hero of the Panamanian Independence.
In Av. A you´ll find the famous colonial Church San Jose, home of the baroque Golden Altar.
Another important building of Casco Antiguo is the Cathedral. The Cathedral of Panama City was built in 1798. It has two styles, Colonial in its central front and Neoclassic style in its two towers, located in Plaza de la Independencia or Main Square.
Next to the Cathedral is the Museo del Canal Interoceanico. This museum was built in 1875 and belonged to France when they tried to build the Canal but then after they failed, the Americans took over this building and they used it as the Panama Canal Company. In 1910 the Americans surrended this building to the Panamanians who used it as the National Post Office Service. Later on 1997 it became the Panama Canal Museum.
Right next to the Canal Museum you will find the Palacio Municipal or City Hall.
Still in the Main Square, you will find the Hotel Central or Central Hotel, very prestigious at that time. Going forward by Calle 7ma. and Calle 8va. you will see the Museo de Historia or Museum of History where documents, paintings and furniture of those times are displayed.
Right in Avenida A and Calle 3ra. you will find the Museo de Arte Religioso or Museum of Religious Art which displays important pieces of silver jewelry, an altar, paintings and sculptures. This building was the old Church of Santo Domingo in the colonial period.
Next to the Museum of Religious Art you´ll find the Arco Chato and the building of the Compania de Jesus orUniversidad Javeriana, the first university in Panama.
Las Bovedas or The Vaults are another attraction of Casco Antiguo. They are located at the end of Avenida A. There, you will find a nice waterfront promenade called Tunel del Amor or Tunnel of Love.
When getting to Plaza Francia or you will see buildings like the Instituto Nacional de Cultura or Institute of National Culture, the French Embassy and the Anita Villalaz Theater.
This historical buildings deserve to be visited. During the Panama City Tour you will have the chance to enjoy the history around this buildings.
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