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Must Sees In Casco Viejo

4 Jun 2009  Where my office used to be
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What you really do need to see when visiting Casco Viejo

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Panama City
  • Category: Walking tour
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors
  • Appeals to: Families with teenagers, Seniors, Students, Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Panama Interoceanic Canal Museum
    Panama Interoceanic Canal Museum, Panama City, Panama Province

    Commonly known simply as the Canal Museum, located on the Cathedral (or Independence) Plaza and is a good place to start your tour of Casco Viejo.

  • 2. Panama's Metropolitan Cathedral
    Panama City, Panama Province

    The other main site on the Cathedral Plaza is, of course, the Cathedral. Regular services are held each day and it's worth a visit if the doors are open.

  • 3. National Theater of Panama

    A theater that is reminiscent of the old European opera houses, with lots of gold leaf and an incredible freize on the ceiling that was recently totally renovated.

  • 4. Plaza Boliver

    One of the other main squares in Casco Viejo. Site of the building where, in 1826, Simon Bolivar tried to unite the Americas with his grand scheme. The building has been renovated and house the Ministry of External Affairs - sometimes you can get inside to look around.

  • 5. Church of Saint Francis of Assisi

    This beautiful church dating back to 1737, was fully restored in 1998. Not always open but if you can get inside you must do so.

  • 6. Palacio de las Garzas

    Named after the heron's that inhabit its courtyard, Panama's Presidential Palace - not used as a residence but as a working office and for official receptions and events. On the waterfront facing the city, you can normally walk in front of the building and can arrange tours with prior notice.

  • 7. San Jose Church

    This small church is also known as the Church with the Golden Altar. On Avenida A as you enter Casco Viejo - the beautiful altar is covered in gold leaf that was supposedly hidden from the pirate Henry Morgan by painting it black.

  • 8. Plaza Francia

    This Plaza is a tribute to the French efforts in building the canal. The walkway constructed on top of the city's original walls offers great views of the city. For James Bond fans, they might recognize the Cultural Institute building as the Hotel in Quantum of Solace.