Our month’s stay in Panama was filled with lots of exciting adventures. We hiked along El Valle de Anton, visited several local farmer’s markets, crossed over the Panama Canal and spent several days exploring Panama City.
Panama’s current capital overlooks it’s namesake bay. However in 1671, Governor Guzman set fire to the city before the notorious pirate Henry Morgan ransacked the capital. This lead to Casco Viejo’s demise and refuge.
The Arco Chato is a church that was constructed in the late 1600s. Its archway, which is considered a marveled piece of engineering, has lasted through 2 major fires and centuries of traumatic weather conditions. However, the rest of the structure is succumbing to its age and is no longer open to the public. The fate of this iconic church is still in debate with no final decisions as of yet.
Casco Viejo is filled with centuries old churches and other iconic structures with various eras of history. The article talks about the Eglesis de San Jose of Casco Viejo and its hidden secretes. Inside this 17th Century church is a towering mahogany alter that has been gold plated. The detailed carvings exhibit the life of Saint Joseph. On many occasions, it was disguised and hidden from intruding pirates who robbed and pillaged Casco Viejo. It is an amazing site to see!
Without going to far into the travel article itself, click on the following link, ‘Panama’s Casco Viejo’ and enjoy the tour! Stay tuned for more past and future adventures to come.
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