Panamá Viejo – Old PanamaSaturday, 30 April 2016
You can’t get away from Sir Henry Morgan, the English pirate who comprehensively sacked Panama back in 1671. Nearly 350 years later he’s clearly not forgotten.
He did such a thorough job the Spanish didn’t attempt to rebuild the old city, Panamá Viejo. A new city was constructed further west, towards the entrance (200 years later) of the Panama Canal. I was staying in this new(er) city although today it’s known as Casco Viejo, ‘Old Compound’ which makes a clear contrast to the skyscrapered skyline of today’s Panama City.
Panama City sprawls along the Pacific Coast of Panama. Travelling east from the Panama Canal you come to Casco Viejo, then the modern city and finally the ruins of the original Panama City, the one that English pirate worked over – Panamá Viejo.
There’s an interesting assortment of ruins in Panamá Viejo of which the Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción is the best survivor. You can climb the tower and look out over the ruins or back towards the skyline of the modern city. ►