Founded in 1519 by the conquistador Pedrarías Dávila, Panamá Viejo is the oldest European settlement on the Pacific coast of the Americas.

It was laid out on a rectilinear grid and marks the transference from Europe of the idea of a planned town. Abandoned in the mid-17th century, it was replaced by a ‘new town’ (the ‘Historic District’), which has also preserved its original street plan, its architecture and an unusual mixture of Spanish, French and early American styles.

The Salón Bolívar was the venue for the unsuccessful attempt made by El Libertador in 1826 to establish a multinational continental congress.

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2 sites in this World Heritage

  • Historic District of Panamá, with the Salón Bolivar
  • Archaeological Site of Panamá Viejo

Historic District of Panamá, with the Salón Bolivar

Archaeological Site of Panamá Viejo

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DATA

Region
Latin America and the Caribbean
Country
Panama 
Category
Cultural
Name
Archaeological Site of Panamá Viejo and Historic District of Panamá
Selection Criteria (?)
(ii)(iv)(vi)
Year of Registered
1997
Year of Revised
2003
Keyword
Archaeological Remains, Historic Center, Registered in 1997, Revised in 2003