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Casco Viejo: Panama City’s old town

Casco Viejo or Casco Antiguo is the historic district of Panama City and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. After Governor Juan Perez de Guzman set the original Panama City on fire in 1671 before the attack by pirates, Spanish colonialists and other settlers built and established Casco Viejo in 1673. Here are some cultural gems from Panama City’s old town:

Statue of General Tomas Herrera, hero of Panamanian independence from Spain
Palacio Bolivar in Casco Viejo, Panama City
Streets of Casco Viejo, Panama City
Ruins of the Church of Society of Jesus
San Jose Church in Casco Viejo, Panama City
Golden Altar inside San Jose Church
Colorful colonial houses in Casco Viejo
Pedro Mandinga Rum Bar in Casco Viejo, Panama City
Plaza Francia, dedicated to France’s role in building the Panama Canal
A view of the Panama City skyline from Casco Viejo

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