Top 8 Historic Sites in Panama, Panama

May 22, 2022 Kandra Bartel

Coordinates: 9°N 80°W / 9°N 80°W / 9; -80

1. Capilla San Jose

Avenida A & Calle 8, Panama City 0802 Panama +507 228-8943
Excellent
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4.5 based on 664 reviews

Capilla San Jose

Built soon after the first Spanish settlement in the 16th century, this small church features the famous Golden Altar (Altar de Oro), which is made entirely of pure gold.

Reviewed By ebert2013

We enjoyed walking through the church in Old Town. The alter is amazing, covered in gold leaf. The only thing I found odd was that the “prayer candles” were electric! I guess it makes sense when you don’t have someone to monitor an open flame in an old wood church. It was a quiet, cool, contemplative place to visit.

2. Plaza Mayor

Casco Viejo, Panama City Panama
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4.5 based on 15 reviews

Plaza Mayor

3. Portobelo National Park

Colon Panama
Excellent
26%
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40%
Satisfactory
24%
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6%
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4.0 based on 197 reviews

Portobelo National Park

Picturesque bayside village features the ruins of five Spanish forts, a restored treasure house and the burial place of Sir Francis Drake.

Reviewed By Resort545463

Portobelo is a quiet town seemingly in the middle of nowhere. It's steeped in history, bright colors and third world charm I fell in love instantly. I enjoyed walking through the Spanish ruins imagining what things must have been like in the 1600's sitting by the bay drinking rum and walking the streets and taking in the sights. You won't find fancy hotels here YET its still an unspoiled hub of culture.

4. Fort San Lorenzo

Colon Panama
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4.0 based on 318 reviews

Fort San Lorenzo

King Phillip II ordered the fortress to be built in 1595, which is located on the Chagres River commanding a view of the mouth of the river and miles out to sea.

Reviewed By 617reginaldg

This is a beautiful site. It's a bit of a drive to get there as the road is rather isolated but when you get there, it is really beautiful. the ruins are gorgeous and some really great photo's can be taken there. Also, there are some unique animals to see there as well. It's worth the trip if you like history and beauty.

5. Panama Viejo

Via Cincuentenario, Panama City Panama https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/790
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4.0 based on 752 reviews

Panama Viejo

Reviewed By LesL989 - St. Petersburg, United States

From squares to churches to cool bars and restaurants, the old city has it all along with spectacular views of the Panama City skyline. Don't miss it.

6. La Piedra Pintada

El Valle de Anton Panama
Excellent
30%
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4.0 based on 117 reviews

La Piedra Pintada

Reviewed By EasternLinxx - Madison, United States

Take a longer hike around to get to the top rim of the dormant volcano and stop here, this is a fun little place with writings that look like city maps from 500 yrs ago!

7. Plaza de Francia

Plaza de Francia Casco Viejo, Panama City Panama http://www.cascoviejo.org/content/?cid=10&cat1=57&cat2=0&cat3=0&level=1&id=57
Excellent
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4.0 based on 628 reviews

Plaza de Francia

Called the “French Plaza” in English, this pleasant spot offers great views and a leisurely spot in which to purchase and savor raspados (fruity snow cones) on hot, humid days. Housed in this plaza is the elegant Instituto Nacional de Cultura (National Institute of Culture), which was among the sites used for “Quantum of Solace,” a 2008 James Bond film that supposedly took place in Bolivia and Haiti but was filmed in Panama. Formerly the Supreme Court building, the Instituto now houses a small theater and hosts cultural events.

Reviewed By B1714D - Belgrade, Serbia

This is a very nice and moving monument-memorial to the French, to their efforts and lives lost in order to build the canal first. In the middle of semi circular arches (with in Spanish marble inscripted plaques) rises an obelisk with a rooster on top. Nice views of modern PC around.

8. Casa Gongora

Av Central Calle 4a Este, Panama City Panama http://cascoviejo.com/casa-gongora/
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4.0 based on 8 reviews

Casa Gongora

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