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Panama La Vieja

Address: Panama City, Panama
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Ranked #16 of 59 Attractions in Panama City
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
Owner description: Panamá Laa Vieja es el nombre que recibe el sitio arqueológico donde estuvo ubicada la Ciudad de...
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
Owner description: Panamá Laa Vieja es el nombre que recibe el sitio arqueológico donde estuvo ubicada la Ciudad de Panamá en su primera fundación en elsiglo XVI.

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Panama City, Panama
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

Anyone visiting Panama needs to see this part of the city. It is a stroll through some of history that you can feel first hand. I take friends there all the time as i lived where i could see it from our home. Take the time because they have done and are doing a great reconstruction job over the past... More 

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Saipan, Mariana Islands
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6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

This is the original settlement which was destroyed by Henry Morgan. The tower has a sturdy staircase added inside which doesn't impact the ancient structure but makes it safe to climb. Views from the top offer a panorama of the new city. The museum is closer to the modern city along the same street, so make two stops.

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Northfield, Minnesota
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7 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Even though it was closed on Monday we took a stroll along the edge and were able to see quit a bit and have a nice chat with the head bush trimmer. However the gift shop was open and we were able to make purchases directly from the artisans. The banos were also open.

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Bonita Springs, Florida
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165 reviews 165 reviews
27 attraction reviews
165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

As other reviewers have pointed out, there is confusion between Panama Viejo (the original settlement that Henry Morgan sacked in 1671) and its replacement Casco Viejo (located several miles to the west). Panama Viejo has been declared a UNESCO and its ruins are being restored. A lot of restoration has occurred over the last 6 years but there is a... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Panama Vijeo is a really interesting piece of history right in the middle of modern day Panama City. The ruins are plentiful and the picture opportunities are phenomenal.

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Miami, Florida
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39 reviews 39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Lovevthis place. Has been reconstructed with trendy restsurants and nightclubs. Close to the city center and beautiful historic sight.

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canada
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52 reviews 52 reviews
31 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

You have to see it once when in Panama city. I would be careful at night...Lots of walking and the day I went it was very....hot!!!

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Panama City, Panama
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

A historic gem left adrift describes this fantastic city, the first on the Pacific of the entire continent. The 4-story cathedral building was actually the tallest skyscraper in the Americas for over a century, perhaps foretelling the modern Panama City (20th tallest city in the world as per skyscrapers.com). With Casco Viejo, Panama has what the Italian press describes as... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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205 reviews 205 reviews
76 attraction reviews
172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Context: I am an inveterate museum goer, not a quick In and out visitor. There is some confusion in the TripAdvisor reports between Panama Viejo which is the first settlement in the east of Panama City and Casco Viejo which was the second settlement on the west side of Panama City created after Panama Viejo was destroyed by the Pirate... More 

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Sweden
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206 reviews 206 reviews
18 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

This was one of the most interesting sites I visited in Panama City. The sites provides a very good idea of how life was during the pre-colonial and colonial eras. I would allocate at least two hours to visit the ruins, the tower and the museum.

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