Parque Bolívar

Panama City

In 1826, in a schoolroom opposite this Casco Viejo park, Simón Bolívar held a meeting urging the union of the Latin American countries. Bolívar eventually succeeded in liberating Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela from Spanish rule and uniting them as Gran Colombia. Although he was unable to keep Gran Colombia together, he is venerated as a hero throughout Latin America.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Panama City attractions

1. Iglesia de San Francisco

0.03 MILES

This restored 17th-century church exhibits Gothic, Romantic and Renaissance architectural influences.

2. Teatro Nacional

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Built in 1907, the interior of this ornate Casco Viejo theater has been completely restored. It boasts red and gold decorations, a once-magnificent…

3. 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.

4. Plaza de la Independencia


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

5. Museo de Arte Religioso Colonial

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Housed beside the ruins of the Iglesia y Convento de Santo Domingo, the Museo de Arte Religioso Colonial has a collection of colonial-era religious…

6. Iglesia y Convento de Santo Domingo

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Built in 1678, these gorgeous ruins in Casco Viejo are what remain after two major fires brought down the church's tower and interior areas. Left are the…

7. Museo del Canal Interoceánico

0.12 MILES

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

8. Palacio Municipal

0.13 MILES

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