The weekend after the terrorist attack of Paris, we were invited to attend a Je Suis Charlie rally at Plaza de Francia in the historic district of Panama. French dignataries were present, speeches were made and wreaths were laid in honour of the fallen from this Paris terrorist attack.
In our exploration of Panama, we spent a morning at Panama Viejo which is the original city of Panama that is about a 10-minute Metro bus ride away from the core of the modern city. We strolled through the Museum that highlights the origins of Panama. It was founded by the conqistador Pedrarias Davila in 1519. On another plaque we read that Sir Henry Morgan, a Welsh Privateer (a legal pirate) fought for England and viciously attacked and destroyed Panama in 1671 coming from the Caribbean side of Panama.
|This cistern held 125,000 litres of water for the use of the nuns in the nearby convent.|
On yet another morning, we continued our historical visit; this time to the historic district of Panama. We learn that within two years of Morgan's attack and destruction of Panama Viejo, in 1673 the town was moved about 7 km to the southeast which is now known as Casco Antiguo.
|Contrast of the remains of the Old City with a modern cathedral in the backdrop.|