Catedral Metropolitana

Panama City

The headquarters of the Panama archdiocese. Construction started on this 1796 cathedral in 1688.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Panama City attractions

1. Plaza de la Independencia

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In this plaza, in the heart of Casco Viejo, Panama declared its independence from Colombia on November 3, 1903.

2. Palacio Municipal

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This neoclassical Casco Viejo building, dating to 1910, houses the modest Museo de Historia de Panamá.

3. Museo de Historia de Panamá

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The modest Museo de Historia de Panamá has a small selection of exhibits covering Panamanian history from the colonial period to the modern era.

4. Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús

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These days only a shell, this 1741 convent and church in Casco Viejo was destroyed in a fire and further damaged in an earthquake but remains a thing of…

5. Museo del Canal Interoceánico

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This impressive museum is housed in a beautifully restored building that once served as the headquarters for the original French canal company. The Panama…

6. Iglesia de La Merced

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An example of the baroque style in Panama, this Casco Viejo church was built in 1673 with a facade transferred from Panamá Viejo.

7. Iglesia de San José

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This Casco Viejo church protects the famous Altar de Oro (Golden Altar), the sole relic salvaged after privateer Henry Morgan sacked Panamá Viejo.

8. Palacio de las Garzas

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The Palacio de las Garzas is named after the great garzas blancas (white herons) that reside here. The president of Panama lives on the upper floor.