I didn't visit any cities other than Panamá City, so I don't have many pictures of people. Panamá City is just like any other big city, lots of traffic. The Old Town of Panamá City is very interesting, most of my pictures of Panamá City are from there.

The Panamá Canal is of course a main attraction in Panamá, it was interesting to watch ships being moved through the Miraflores locks.

All pictures are © Dr. Günther Eichhorn, unless otherwise noted.

People in Panamá

School Children
School children. (820k)
Spraying Insecticide
Spraying insecticide. (1179k)

Panamá City

From the Panamá City entry in Wikipedia:

Panamá City was founded on August 15, 1519 and it lasted one hundred and fifty-two years. In January 1671, the Governor Juan Perez de Guzman had it set on fire, before the attack and looting by the pirate Henry Morgan. In 1672, Antonio Fernández de Córdoba initiated the construction of a new city, which was then founded on January 21, 1673. This city was built on a peninsula completely isolated by the sea and a defensive system of walls. Today this place preserves the first institutions and buildings of the modern city of Panamá. It is known as Casco Viejo (Spanish for Old Town)

The Sacred Heart Cathedral (Spanish: Catedral Basílica Santa Maria la Antigua de Panamá) is a Catholic church located in the old town of Panamá City in Panamá. It was consecrated in 1796, although construction work began in 1688, 108 years earlier. The cathedral is the episcopal see of the Archdiocese of Panamá.

The Metropolitan Cathedral of Panamá is heir to the Cathedral erected by Pope Adrian VI in the great house of the Cacique Cémaco, when the Spaniards faced and offered found a population dedicated to Santa Maria la Antigua in 1510. In 1513 dictates the bula why Antigua is raised to the rank of dioceses and church to the rank of Cathedral, its first bishop was Fray Juan de Quevedo.

After the fire caused to escape the pirate Henry Morgan in 1671, the city was transferred to the current Old Town of the city of Panamá in 1673 and with this move the adjournment of a new cathedral, whose construction takes 108 years (1688-1796).

Archaeological Site of Panamá Viejo and Historic District of Panamá is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

View Over Panamá City
View over Panamá City. Unfortunately the airplane window was pretty scratched up. (813k)
Highrises Panamá City
Highrises in Panamá City. (687k)
F&f Tower Iconic Building
F&F Tower, the most iconic building in Panamá City. (792k)
Highrise Panamá City
Highrise in Panamá City. (805k)
Iglesia Nuestra Señora Del
Iglesia Nuestra Señora del Carmen. (788k)
Traffic Panamá City Very
Traffic in Panamá City was very bad at times. (863k)
Park Old Town Panamá
Park in Old Town Panamá City. (1368k)
Park Old Town Panamá
Park in Old Town Panamá City. (1061k)
Old Town Nicely Restored
Old Town, nicely restored. (1059k)
Old Town Nicely Restored
Old Town, nicely restored. (878k)
Old Town Nicely Restored
Old Town, nicely restored. (926k)
Old Town Nicely Restored
Old Town, nicely restored. (843k)
Old Town Nicely Restored
Old Town, nicely restored. (785k)
Buildings Still Need Work
Some of the buildings still need some work. (928k)
City Hall
City Hall. (756k)
Iglesia Nuestra Señora De
Iglesia Nuestra Señora de La Merced (Our Lady of Mercy Church). (779k)
Iglesia San José
Iglesia San José. (516k)
Iglesia San Francisco De
Iglesia San Francisco de Asis. (773k)
Plaza De La Independencia
Plaza de la Independencia with the Catedral Basílica Santa Maria la Antigua de Panamá (Cathedral Basilica of St. Mary). (1006k)
Catedral Basílica Santa Maria
Catedral Basílica Santa Maria la Antigua de Panamá (Sacred Heart Cathedral). (643k)
Closer View Front Cathedral
Closer view of the front of the Cathedral. (669k)
Statues Cathedral
One of the statues on the Cathedral. (638k)
Interior Cathedral
Interior of the Cathedral. (671k)
Altar Cathedral
Altar in the Cathedral. (819k)
Small Altar Cathedral
Small altar in the Cathedral. (753k)
Statue Cathedral
Statue in the Cathedral. (996k)
Painting Saints Cathedral
Painting of saints in the Cathedral. (624k)
Stained Glass Window Cathedral
Stained glass window in the Cathedral. (940k)
Stained Glass Window Cathedral
Stained glass window in the Cathedral. (866k)
Ruins Church Convent Santo
Ruins of the Church and Convent of Santo Domingo. (1062k)
Flat Arch Arco Chato
Flat Arch (Arco Chato) in the Church and Convent of Santo Domingo. (1059k)
Plaza Simon Bolivar
Plaza Simon Bolivar. (994k)
Plaza Simon Bolivar Iglesia
Plaza Simon Bolivar with Iglesia San Francisco de Asis in the background. (726k)
Narrow Streets Old Town
One of the narrow streets in Old Town Panamá City. (741k)
Narrow Streets Old Town
One of the narrow streets in Old Town Panamá City with modern Panamá City behind it. (723k)
View Modern Panamá City
View of modern Panamá City from Old Town. (645k)

Panamá Canal

From the Panamá Canal entry in Wikipedia:

The Panamá Canal (Spanish: Canal de Panamá) is an artificial 82 km (51 miles) waterway in Panamá that connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean. The canal cuts across the Isthmus of Panamá and is a conduit for maritime trade. Canal locks are at each end to lift ships up to Gatun Lake, an artificial lake created to reduce the amount of excavation work required for the canal, 26 m (85 ft) above sea level, and then lower the ships at the other end. The original locks are 34 m (112 ft) wide. A third, wider lane of locks was constructed between September 2007 and May 2016. The new locks are 55 m (180 ft) wide. The expanded canal began commercial operation on June 26, 2016. The new locks allow transit of larger, post-Panamax ships, capable of handling more cargo.

France began work on the canal in 1881, but stopped due to engineering problems and a high worker mortality rate. The United States took over the project in 1904 and opened the canal on August 15, 1914. One of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken, the Panamá Canal shortcut greatly reduced the time for ships to travel between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, enabling them to avoid the lengthy, hazardous Cape Horn route around the southernmost tip of South America via the Drake Passage or Strait of Magellan.

Colombia, France, and later the United States controlled the territory surrounding the canal during construction. The US continued to control the canal and surrounding Panamá Canal Zone until the 1977 Torrijos–Carter Treaties provided for handover to Panamá. After a period of joint American–Panamanian control, in 1999, the canal was taken over by the Panamanian government. It is now managed and operated by the government-owned Panamá Canal Authority.

Annual traffic has risen from about 1,000 ships in 1914, when the canal opened, to 14,702 vessels in 2008, for a total of 333.7 million Panamá Canal/Universal Measurement System (PC/UMS) tons. By 2012, more than 815,000 vessels had passed through the canal. It takes 11.38 hours to pass through the Panamá Canal. The American Society of Civil Engineers has ranked the Panamá Canal one of the seven wonders of the modern world.

Original Miraflores Locks Panamá
Original Miraflores locks in the Panamá Canal. In the background you can see the buildings at the new, widened locks. (782k)
Ship Moving Into Lock
Ship moving into the lock. You can see the mules (small locomotives) that run on tracks along the lock. They are used to steady the ships and prevent them from hitting the lock. The ships move under their own power. (663k)
Ship Almost All Way
Ship is almost all the way at the front of the lock. (830k)
Bow Ship Being Guided
Bow of the ship, being guided by the mules. (1055k)
Bow Ship Being Guided
Bow of the ship, being guided by the mules. (879k)
Lock Almost Full Ship
The lock is almost full, the ship is getting ready to move on. (745k)
Mules Moving Lower Level
One of the mules moving from the lower level of the lock to the upper level. (890k)
Ships Leaving Lock
Ships leaving the lock. (688k)
View Miraflores Locks Over
View from the Miraflores locks over Miraflores Lake towards the Pedro Miguel locks. (576k)
Container Ship New Widened
Container ship in the new, widened Panamá Canal. (771k)

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