Museo de Arte Religioso Colonial, Panama City

Museo de Arte Religioso Colonial, Panama City

Two blocks away from the Plaza lies Museo de Arte Religioso Colonial (the Museum of Colonial Religious Art). The building is housed in the restored from ruins remarkable Iglesia y Convento de Santo Domingo (Church and Convent of Santo Domingo) that was built in 1673. The original structure was ravaged by fire in 1737 and 1756 along with much of Panama City.

Today, you can see a beautiful building with columns and bricks paired inlaid facades. The prominent, flat 15-meter long Arco Chato is a famous arch that used to form the choir base in the original building and is still in place. During the long debate in the US congress over the proposed location of the then nascent canal across the American continent, the Arco Chato is said to have tipped the scales in Panama’s favor since its survival was taken as the proof that that the area was not in an earthquake zone. The museum collection includes colonial-era religious artifacts dating back to the 16th century. If you have a penchant for museums or want to explore religious art, this would be a good place to visit.

Opening Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.

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Sight Name: Museo de Arte Religioso Colonial
Sight Location: Panama City, Panama
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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