Iglesia Santa Ana (Church of Santa Ana), Panama City

Iglesia Santa Ana (Church of Santa Ana), Panama City

In the center of the city of Panama is located the township of Santa Ana. The town gets its name from the Church of Santa Ana, a shrine dedicated to Santa Ana, who, according to Christian tradition, is the mother of Mary and the grandmother of Jesus. The Church of Santa Ana was initially a parish church. The Count of Santa Ana donated funds to build the church and it was consecrated in 1764. The church was very popular in its early days and attracted a community of humble people all around it. These were the people who were engaged in various trades and the town of Santa Ana grew in reputation as a transit point for many trade routes.

The church was destroyed by fire in the year 1854 and was completely renovated only in the twentieth century. In 1980, the Church of Santa Ana was declared a historic landmark of national importance. Surrounding the church is a park that also goes by the name of the church. The area surrounding the church is far from the main tourist attractions that are in the old part of the city. You can experience a bit of the traditional Panamanian lifestyle with folk festivals, dance and music in a gazebo that is also a national landmark.

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Iglesia Santa Ana (Church of Santa Ana) on Map

Sight Name: Iglesia Santa Ana (Church of Santa Ana)
Sight Location: Panama City, Panama (See walking tours in Panama City)
Sight Type: Religious
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