San Felipe (Casco Viejo)

Address: San Felipe, Panama City, Panama

After Panamá Viejo was abandoned, Spanish colonists established another city called San Felipe. Most structures built in the city at that time have been preserved to this day. The city was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.


San Felipe is historically and culturally vibrant. Palacio de las Garzas (governmental office and residence), many colonial churches, museums, National Theatre of Panama, Independence Square and many more landmarks are located in Casco Viejo. Taking a walk around the old city district, you can witness the history of the development of Panama City.


Among the edifices, the interior of the National Theatre of Panama, which was built in 1907, has been restored completely. The red and golden decorations, ceiling mural by renowned Panamanian painter Roberto Lewis and gigantic crystal chandelier form the most magnificent side of San Felipe.


Plaza de Francia, at the tip of the southern point of San Felipe, features a large monument to commemorate the 22,000 workers who died from constructing the Panama Canal during the early stage.