Catedral Metropolitana Casco Antiguo, Panama City

Catedral Metropolitana Casco Antiguo, Panama City (must see)

The Catedral Metropolitana Casco Antiguo which is otherwise called The Catedral Metropolitana, is located at Plaza de la Independencia in the historic district of Casco Viejo in Panama City. The cathedral is one of the largest in Central America, and was designed by military engineers and completed in 1796. No trip to Casco Viejo is complete without visiting this beautiful and historic edifice. In the late 19th century there was an earthquake which destroyed all of the surrounding structures but the cathedral remarkably survived. Surprisingly, but it had stayed deserted until a major renovation was undertaken in 2003.

The cathedral stands out for its contrast in color combination and for the mix of architectural styles which gives a glimpse of the fascinating history of the country. The stones used for the construction of the entrance wall were taken from the ruins of the city of Viejo. The walls are grey in color, and there are two tower-like structures on both sides of the entrance, which are white. These towers are layered with material called “mother of pearl”, brought from Pearl Islands, and create the look which contrasts the stone walled entrance. You will find the Catedral Metropolitana a spectacular sight at night when the whole structure is lit up. A wonderful place to visit, it will leave you with nostalgic memories long after you return home.

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Catedral Metropolitana Casco Antiguo on Map

Sight Name: Catedral Metropolitana Casco Antiguo
Sight Location: Panama City, Panama
Sight Type: Religious
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Walking Tours in Panama City, Panama

Create Your Own Walk in Panama City

Create Your Own Walk in Panama City

Creating your own self-guided walk in Panama City is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Old Town Walking Tour

Old Town Walking Tour

Casco Antiguo, also known as Casco Viejo, a historic district of Panama City, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area features a unique mix of architectural styles, each revealing a certain part of the country’s eventful history, plus a number of museums and other attractions. Follow this orientation walk to discover the most interesting sights of Casco Antiguo.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Historical Churches Tour

Historical Churches Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles
Modern Architectural Buildings

Modern Architectural Buildings

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 Km or 3.5 Miles