Historical Review

Founded in 1,519, with the name of Our Lady of the Assumption of Panama by Pedro Arias Davila, the city was recognized from its beginnings as an international strategic point, thanks to the remarkable commercial traffic through the isthmus.

From 1,600, the city suffered earthquakes, fires, a pirate invasion that turned it into ruins and even a plague that decimated the population. These ruins, which constitute a historical monumental complex, have become a tourist attraction known as Panama la Vieja or Old Panama. Seven decades later the city was rebuilt at the site called Ancón, which today constitutes the busy Old Town, an area where history, the best restaurants and entertainment centers of the city converge. In this emblematic place, tourists start the day visiting Las Bóvedas, churches, The Interoceanic Canal Museum, buildings that show the combination of different colonial architectural styles of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and enjoy the night dancing on modern terraces or tasting the gastronomy, fusion and local, in the restaurants of the area.

The declaration of independence of the Spanish empire in 1821 marks the end of the Spanish colonial period in Panama, and the beginning of a voluntary union in Gran Colombia.

In 1903, with the separation of Panama from Colombia, begins the new Republic of Panama, sovereign and independent.

The industrial revolution and the transcontinental traffic influenced the construction of the Canal, first by Frenchmen who after failing in their attempt, delegated this mission to the United States, which concluded such a titanic work recognized worldwide in 1,914.

The cultural diversity of our country and its tropical climate make the city of Panama a surprise for thousands of tourists who find much more than malls and majestic skyscrapers. In addition to exhibiting itself as a major financial center in America and the world, this city offers the possibility of getting lost in a tropical universe where the chaotic exquisiteness of local folklore coexists. Walking through its streets stimulates all the senses, thanks to the hybridization of sounds, flavors and characters that circulate the city.

Capital Panama
Official language Spanish
Population 3,975,404 (July 2015 estimate)
Area 75,517 km²
Weather Tropical (23ᵒC - 35ᵒC)
Electricity Voltaje: 110-120V Accesories (220 -240V): Bring adapter and an enhancement transformer
Time Zone UTC - 5
Calling code 507
Government Unitary presidential constitutional republic
Economy Based on services
Currency  $USD: United State Dollar



Coat of Arms Escudo

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