Iglesia de Santo Domingo de Guzmán

Church in Parita

This 18th-century churrigueresque (an ornate Spanish baroque style) church has some lovely carvings; check out the pulpit and the retablo (altarpiece). It is the only church in Panama that has its steeple located directly over its entrance rather than over a corner of the structure. This is very unusual as bell towers are always extremely heavy, and therefore are generally built on pillars that rest upon a massive foundation.

Beside the church is a grassy square on which nonlethal bullfights take place during the town’s patron saint festivities on or around August 4 and foundation day two weeks later. Though the bull isn't killed during these festivities, the event may still be upsetting to some travelers.

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