First installment of travel tales!
Today, August 15th, Panama City turns 490 years old. It was founded in 1519 by Pedro Arías Dávila, and it was one of the first cities to be founded along the Pacific coast. Therefore, I decided it would be a nice little tribute to post about the ruins of the first city. There are ruins left of what used to a convent, church and houses. The holes where used as leaning posts to build the high walls and protect themselves of pirates!
The ruins today are a popular touristic attraction, but what I like best is actually the contrast between what Panama city is today (see the skyscrapers in the background) and how it started.
The ruins are considered a Unesco World Heritage site, and after taking a class in Cultural Heritage, it was disappointing to see the terrible restoration that has been done to some of the buildings, using inadequate materials and structures that do not even resemble the original...
Nevertheless, it's one of the go-to sites in Panama City...we will continue the tour on another post! Thanks for visiting!