Panama City is a capital of the Republic of Panama, and it is also the largest city in the Central American country. It is an administrative, economic and political center the Panama Republic. The urban population of Panama City is over 400 thousand people. Panama City International Airport is the largest and, also, the busiest airport in Central America. By the way, according to International Living magazine, Panama City is one of the world’s top 5 places for retirement.

The city was founded in 1519 by Spanish conquistador Pedro Arias Davila. It served, in fact, as the beginning point for the expedition, which conquered Inca Empire in Peru. In 1671, a huge fire destroyed the city. However, it was rebuilt two years later. The ruins of the former city are now a famous tourist attraction. Their name is Panama Viejo, and they are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Panama City has many other tourist attractions, mainly in the old quarter. These include The National Institute of Culture, The Cathedral, National Theatre, Interoceanic Canal Museum, Presidential Palace (more widely known as Heron’s Palace) and Miraflores Visitors Center and Las Bovedas; a promenade avenue that leads into the Pacific Ocean.

The most commonly known tourist center of Panama City, which is also the center of the nightlife, is Amador Causeway. This area is located to the east from the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal. Another very interesting place in the city is the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, which owns both a station and a museum. The museum on the island of Naos is open to the public as well.

In 2014, the Biomuseo opened its doors to visitors too. A famous American architect Frank Gehry, created its design. This architect is also known for designing the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, as well as the Guggenheim Museum.

 

November 27, 2016 1:39 pm Published by

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