Part of a City Frozen in Time

Pedestrian Street

Casco Viejo (Spanish for Old Quarter), also known as Casco Antiguo or San Felipe, is the historic district of Panama City. Completed and settled in 1673, it was built following the near-total destruction of the original Panama city, Panama Viejo in 1671 when the latter was attacked by pirates. It was designated a World Heritage Site in 1997.

Walking through this neighborhood is like traveling back in time.  It is a weird experience.

Good Day!


2 thoughts on “Part of a City Frozen in Time”

  1. Hola Omar,
    LOTS of memories. One was driving on this street before it became a pedestrian only walkway. Down the block on the left used to be the Taboga clothing store where Nena worked. Even more memories for her. After we moved to the US, she worked at several clothing stores but she missed having the Christmas bonus commissions that she got at Taboga.
    We took my sister through there a few years ago on her first trip to Panama. She has made the trip again with her husband a few years after that. We have a lot of Panama memories in my family.

    1. Hola Jim y Nena:

      This picture also brings back memories of my youth. When I studied at IPA (Instituto Pan-Americano) I lived at a large apartment house in front of Plaza Herrera. On Sundays, I went to one of several cinemas in the area of Santana. I remember Teatro Variedades, Teatro El Dorado, Teatro Central, Teatro Cecilia, Teatro Tropical and others that slip my mind.

      Back then you could view two movies for 35 cents. During the intermission they played a game called “Wahoo” which was really a Bingo game. I never won a prize, but it was an exciting experience of having the opportunity to win a couple of extra bucks. In those early day, one dollar was worth a lot.

      I’m sure many of these names will ring a bell to Nena. Commercial entities of la Central that come to my mind are Bazar Imperial, Bazar Francés, Bazar Madrid, La Singer, El Corte Inglés, Féliz B. Maduro, Garbo, Casa Danté, Mueblería El Diablo and many others.

      I bought our wedding rings at Joyería Hawaii in the vicinity of the area where the picture was taken. So yes, Jim y Nena, this image is also close to our hearts.

      Happy Memories,


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