“The ruins of the church and convent of Santo Domingo is one of the most important monumental colonial Old Town of Panama. The flat arch is part of this church and is known to be a genuine construction of masonry. The Dominican friars began to build their church immediately after the founding of Casco Viejo. But the fire of 1756 burned all the woodwork and the church was not rebuilt - but the flat arch still stood.”
Just driving through the narrow streets gives you a perspective for the lifestyle of the times. Today many of the buildings are being restored and Old Town is really breathtaking. The cobblestone streets just glisten in the dampness of the light rain that just fell. There is barely room for one car to pass at a time and the sidewalks sometimes must be used when two cars meet in the street.
Looking across the bay, you can see the massive tall modern buildings of Panama City. The dichotomy of the two parts of the city is like night and day. From the old stucco and masonry to the steel and glass structures of today make for an interesting comparison.
There are many shops and colorful park like areas in Old Town, and it is easy to spend hours just roaming around here. The structures just amaze me as I wander through the streets and parks, continuing to find new thing that turn my head around every corner. Should your travels take you to Panama and Panama City, spend an afternoon in Old Town. The experience was like so many of the other historic cities I have had the pleasure of visiting in the Caribbean. Casco Viejo boasts the impressive structures built by hand before the days of high tech materials and equipment.
The trellis covered walkways with so many colorful flowers and vines make this a very warm and fun walk through the park. Between the historic and the natural beauty of the area, this is one of the really fun strolls you might find anywhere. ;o)