El Arco Chato
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Kim G
Pacific Grove, CA3,757 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Constructed in 1678, the Church & Convent of Santo Domingo was destroyed by fire in 1756. The remaining roofless skeleton is definitely worth viewing. Of particular interest is the interior “Arco Chato”, or “flat arch” which spans 49 feet at a height of 35 feet. Although the original flat arch fell in 2003, it has since been reconstructed. This unsupported stone archway has been considered an architectural marvel throughout the centuries and adds to the flavor of Casco Viejo.
Written April 21, 2023
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN5,385 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Impressive ruins of the Church of Santo Domingo in Casco Viejo. Built in 1678 and destroyed by fire in 1781. Famous for its long-standing arch, Arco Chato. Both a haunting and a beautiful sight.
Written May 19, 2022
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Goal100Countries
Cheltenham, UK599 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Solo
El Arco Chato offers free entry and information as to this small piece of history. It is a great little spot to stop off for 5 minutes to have a look around.
Written January 11, 2019
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highlandbeachflorida
Highland Beach, FL2,029 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
The famous unsupported Arch and the facade of the Church and convent of Santo Domingo is all that is left foe the visitor to see. The Arch has historical
Importance and it is also noted that it is insupported.
Written January 5, 2020
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Jussara Nunes P
Amsterdam, The Netherlands5,898 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Friends
This ruins from the old Santo Domingo church and Convent are located in the heart of the Panama old town.

It's a historical landmark from Panama, being built in the XVI century. What we can see nowadays it is mainly a wall that has survived a fire in 1756. This wall is called in Panama "el arco chato", the flat arch. Even dough not that much survived, the ruins show the splendour of the Spanish colonial architecture. The Flat Arch was key to help to decide the construction of the Panama Canal, proving by standing there, that Panama was less prone to have earthquakes than its neighbours. there are some interesting information about that in the ruins.

I saw this church one year before and it seems that some renovation was done, because it's in better condition now. I didn't have time, but I saw that now there is a small museum attached to the church.

As other landmarks, I think that this church is not to be missed in the Panama old town.
Written October 7, 2014
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Sue M
Williamsburg, VA1,534 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Interesting to see the remains of this 17th century church in the heart of the Old Town. It is known for the expansive unsupported flat arch in the interior.
Written January 7, 2024
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Brian D
Asheville, NC1,741 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
If you are in the old city you should make your way over to the Arco Chato. It is really nice and offers some nice opportunity for photos.
Written January 4, 2020
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Rafaelantonioguerra
Miami, FL13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Solo
This ancient site is a historical church which was burned and its currently preserved (A must -see for any tourist). I had an amazing experience learning about the history of the church and the country. I was greeted and escorted around the church by three extremely knowledgable guides (Linda Abrego, Ana Garcia and Nayeli Arosemena). From the moment you enter the church you can see a beautiful replica gold plated alter off the horizon. As you walk towards the grand alter pieces of geological and hand made architecture are at teach side. I was marveled by each piece, thus being a saint or a bell that rang a cathedral. Each one of these amazing guides provide full details from the year the artifacts were made, linking them to present time. I visited multiple locations in my 6 days in Panama, but during this visit is where I actually learned the most. I highly recommend site to any one visiting Panama (Casco Viejo).
Written May 28, 2018
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Escape-overseas
Stevenage, UK1,713 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Friends
Interesting ruin in the midst of conservation and redevelopment. So much work is going on around to restore the Old City to its former glory, maintaining building facades whilst redeveloping the buildings behind. From the state of some of the buildings the area would appear to have been forgotten as the New City has rushed into the 21st century. The ruins of this church have been preserved although the timber construction burnt down in 1756. Originally the church had within its construction a flat stone arch spanning 50ft, rising 10ft in its centre which defied gravity until it collapsed in 2003.
Written April 7, 2017
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Jarko2015
Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,732 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Solo
Not a huge amount to see here, but if you're visiting Casco Viejo, it's definitely somewhere you want to stop and see. The restored part of the church is small, but the standing walls of the old buildings are still quite imposing.
Written December 3, 2016
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