Museo Panama Viejo, Panama City

3.3
#3 of 15 in Museums in Panama City
Panamá Viejo, also known as Panamá la Vieja, is the remaining part of the old Panama City and former capital of the country. It is located in the suburbs of the modern city. Together with the historical district of Panamá, it has been a World Heritage Site since 1997.
A settlement was founded on August 15, 1519 by Pedro Arias Dávila and other 100 inhabitants. At the time, it was the first permanent European settlement on the Pacific Ocean, replacing the two cities of Santa María la Antigüa del Darién and Acla. Two years later, in 1521, the settlement was promoted to the status of city by a royal decree and was given a coat of arms by Charles V of Spain, forming a new cabildo. Shortly after its creation the city became a starting point for various expeditions in Peru and an important base where gold and silver were sent to Spain.
In 1539 and 1563, the city suffered a number of fires which destroyed parts of it but did not impede the city's development. In 1610, the city reached a population of 5000, with 500 houses and convents, chapels, a hospital and the cathedral.
At the beginning of the 17th century, the city was attacked several times by pirates and indigenous people from Darién. On 2 May 1620, an earthquake damaged many buildings in the city. On 21 February 1644, the Great Fire destroyed 83 religious buildings, including the cathedral. At this time, there were 8,000 people living in the city.
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  • A very small exhibition, maybe half a gallery. The best thing to do is walk along the ruins. The museum cafe is a joke, you can wait around for hours and there’s no staff. Overall a very poorly run pl...  more »
  • Located just a short walk from the Ascuncion Cathedral, the Panama Viejo museum is a new addition to the surrounding UNESCO World Heritage site. Starting on the second floor, it begins with coverage o...  more »
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  • Nice place but not much to see from my point of view. Tho you can pass a few hours nicely there with a relaxing surrounding.
  • Beautiful exhibits and explanations! Very well done!
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