Yesterday morning, my wife and I drove over to the former Panama Canal Zone to hunt for subjects to capture with our cameras. We were short of pictures and we needed a refill badly. There were three subjects I was interested in shooting. The first one was a rotunda being built on Avenida de los Mártires with a four-lane tunnel; the second was a majestic building which will house el Tribunal Electoral and third one is the building that houses the Panama Supreme Court. All three subjects are impressive sites and depict the flourishing modernization of the city.
Even though a church was not on my schedule, as soon as I laid my eyes on this enticing building, I knew it had to be captured with my Birthday Camera (Canon PowerShot A720 IS). It is a building that seemed to be extracted from the Florence of the XV century during the splendor of the de’ Medici’s dynasty (Giovanni Medici, Cosimo Medici, and Lorenzo Medici “il Magnífico”). Florence is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has been called the Athens of the Middle Ages.
In the picture above, you can enjoy the beauty of the Renaissance by observing the eight Roman columns at the entrance of the edifice and the splendid tower of toward your left.
When I studied art and history in college in Costa Rica, I was infatuated with the dome of Florence’s cathedral. The man who would build the elusive structure was Fillipo Brunelleschi. He based his work on Ancient Rome—The Pantheon. It was one of the most fascinating buildings in the collective imagination of the Western world for a long time. In 1436 the dome was finally completed. The greatest architectural feat of the Western world.
The cathedral, topped by Brunelleschi’s dome, dominates the Florentine skyline. The Florentines decided to start building it— late in the 13th century, without a design for the dome. The project proposed by Brunelleschi in the 14th century was the largest ever built at the time, and the first major dome built in Europe since the two great domes of Roman times—the Pantheon in Rome, and Hagia Sophia in Constantinople.
Orbiting like planets around the sun, inside my head, were the grandiose sculptures and paintings of Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Botticelli. The compositions and music of Alexander Agricola, Johannes Ghiselin, and Heinrich Isaac added to my recollections of the Renaissance in Flornce.
The area of the former Panama Canal Zone is home to many beautiful churches on both the Pacific and Atlantic Side. All of them are in top shape and in full operation to serve our Lord.
During the upcoming days I’ll include pictures of my sojourn to the sites mentioned in preceding paragraphs. Keep your eyes open. Good Day.