Nata Church

Nata Church

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Schipblack
Playa Coronado, Panama172 contributions
History
May 2017 • Friends
This church is well documented - from the early 1500's. The explorers such as Columbus would sail with teak timbers in case their ships required repairs. There was no teak here at the time. It was planted. Left over timbers were used to built the beams in this church - so the locals say. Sometimes someone is there to collect money, most times no one collects. An interesting feature is the huge door - when opening and closing as created a huge gouge in the floor. So many years in the making. Festivals are a wonderful event here - many wagons and flowers.
Well worth the visit. Beautiful, serene, peaceful and cool.
Written September 6, 2017
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Faith I
3 contributions
Beautiful church
Jul 2016 • Solo
This church was built in 1522and is still gorgeous. The audio is uncomfortable. The mass and music can be hard in the park across the street. Breath-taking, beautiful, and inspirational
Written July 26, 2016
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lnmim
California11 contributions
Beautiful and historic church
Sep 2015 • Friends
Don't miss this wonderful church. Ordinary from the outside but extraordinary on the inside! From the 1500's and may be the earliest Catholic Church in the Americas.
Written September 21, 2015
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Michael W
Albuquerque, NM154 contributions
I hate churches but I love this one
Jan 2015 • Friends
This church claims to be the oldest operating church in the Americas. It's wooden structure including beams to the high vaulted ceiling and inherit beauty make it a marvel. On the day we visited a guide was there from the church to explain it all to us--in Spanish. To think it started to be built only 30 years after Columbus discovered America. A must see and worth a detour to do it.
Written February 2, 2015
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Chocolate666
Santa Clara, Panama117 contributions
Oldest continuously operating Catholic Church in all of the Americas
Dec 2013 • Family
I know, I know - how many times has this claim been made? But this church has the credentials - 1504 - written Spanish documents - and a shell overing the wooden beams and carvings make this a believable claim.
It is really the only thing to see in Natå - (pronounced with the emphasis on the last "a") - but the church is pretty amazing. It is quite large - a cathedral by 1500 standards - with a balcony. The altar and carvings are very detailed and well worth exploring.
The pope was supposed to come over to bless this 500 year old church last year but negotiations with the last President of Panama broke down somewhere along the line. Cuba won out instead.
Go past Penonomé (named "the pain of Nomé" after the tortured Indian chief who refused to tell the Spanish where the town gold was hidden) and turn left off the main highway about half way to Aguadulce (sweet water) - and drive into town - it is the largest building anywhere around - just ask - it's not hard to find.
Written September 9, 2014
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