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Aerial view of Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama Photo
Aerial view of Casco Viejo, Panama City
SOURCE: Photo by Alfredo Maiquez, courtesy of Authority of Tourism Panama (all rights reserved), used with permission.

Casco Viejo is the oldest city on the Pacific Coast of the Americas, and lies at the foot of the Panama Canal on one side and Panama City on the other, in the district of San Felipe, and is the city's most recognizable suburb.

It is one of Panama's most popular tourist attractions, and while this historic community has lost it's economic importance with the expansion of Panama City, it continues to appear in songs, poems, videos, television commercials, and other elements of the city's daily life.

Casco Viejo is part of "Archaeological Site of Panama Viejo and Historic District of Panama", a UNESCO World Heritage site. The architecture is a combination of ruins from the days of Spanish Explorers and Pirates, and French Colonial from the first attempt made on the Panama Canal by the French.


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