Panama City refers to the largest city which also doubles up as the capital city of the Republic of Panama. It lies where the Pacific Ocean enters the Panama Canal. The city also serves as the administrative as well as the political centre of the Republic of Panama. Additionally it is also an international banking hub that is taken to be a Beta World City. It features a dense skyline that is surrounded by a tropical rain forest. It is served by Central America’s busiest and largest airport, Tocumen International Airport. In the year 2003, Panama City was chosen jointly with Curitiba in Brazil as American Capital of Culture. Some of the cities that lie in close proximity with Panama City include San Miguelito, Monteria, Sincelejo, Cartagena and San Jose.
There are a number of attractions in and around Panama City. One such attraction is Panamá Viejo. When loosely translated to English this means Old Panama and usually refers to the architectural vestiges known as the Monumental Historic Complex. This complex was the first Spanish city to have been started on the Pacific coast of the Americas. The complex old Panama acted as the launching pad for expeditions to the hinterland which resulted in the conquering and eventual colonization of the Inca Empire in the year 1532. It also acted as a stopover for the trading vessels that plied this route. To get to this attraction you need car for rent in Panama City.
The Panamá Viejo or Old Panama features a number of ancient domestic buildings. Panama being the premier European settlement on the Pacific Coast is home to the Historic District which has maintained its ancient street pattern to date. A stroll through this ancient town gives one a glimpse into the centuries gone by. To get to this attraction you need to hire a car in Panama City.
The other notable attraction is the historic district of Panama City. This was constructed after the destruction of Panama Viejo in the year 1671. It is known as the Casco Viejo, San Felipe or Casco Antiguo. It was built as a walled city to shelter the settlers from future pirate attacks. 1993 saw it being designated as a World Heritage Site. To get to these attractions you need car rental in Panama City.
Casco Viejo features a blend of diverse architectural styles which is an indicator of the diverse culture of the country. It features a site that has over eight hundred buildings of Republican, Colonial, art Deco, and Caribbean as well as French architectural mix. There are a number of monuments in and around Casco Antiguo including the National Theatre, Plaza de Fracia, Salon Bolivar, Las Bovedas and many more.
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