Bird’s Eye View

I recently had the opportunity to go up to the bell tower of the San Francisco de Assis church in Casco Viejo to take pictures.  What an amazing view!  I was able to look out over the city and see the contrast between the old and the new.  What a wonderful experience!

San Fransisco de Assis Church in Casco Viejo

There are many beautiful churches in Casco Viejo but one of my favorites is San Francisco de Assis.  This 17th century church sits right on the waterfront across from Plaza Bolivar.  It has just recently been reopened after a complete renovation.

 

Iglesia San Felipe de Neri

Iglesia San Felipe Neri was completed in 1688 and is one of the oldest churches in Panama City. Over time it has been a school, a seminary, and a home for the elderly. It is located in Casco Viejo on  Avenida B and Calle 5. It is simply breathtaking.

Art Exposition

There is a beautiful exposition of Colonial religious statues and paintings in the church of Santo Domingo  where Arco Chato is located in Casco Viejo.  You are not allowed to take photographs of the exposition but I included a couple I took from the outside. Simply beautiful!

San Francisco de Asis

San Francisco de Asis  in Casco Viejo is one of the most beautiful churches in Panama City.  It is situated in the heart of the Casco Viejo directly in front of Plaza Bolivar.  It is currently being restored.

http://cascoviejo.com/iglesia-san-francisco-de-asis/

Las Tablas

This quaint little church can be found in the small town of Las Tablas in the Azuero Peninsuala. If you want to experience what life is really like in a small town in Panama, this is the place to do it.  The pace is slow and laid back.  A traditional lifestyle and conservative view points are the backbone of towns like this.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azuero_Peninsula

Temple Baha’i

The beautiful Baha’i Temple.http://www.newsroompanama.com/panama/3275-latin-americas-first-bahai-temple-is-in-panama.html

Old Panama

Crumbling ruins are all that’s left of Old Panama ( Panamá  Viejo), the country’s first major Spanish settlement, which was destroyed by pirate Henry Morgan in 1671.http://www.lonelyplanet.com/panama/panama-city/sights/fortress/panama-viejo-ruins

Metropolitan Cathedral of Panama/Catedral Metropolitana

This beautiful cathedral can be found right dab in the center of Casco Antiguo. It sits in front of the Plaza Catedral.  It is definitely worth a visit.

http://www.visitpanama.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=1239:reencontrarse-con-la-historia-en-la-catedral-metropolitana&Itemid=595&lang=en