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  • Phone: (507) 395 9000
  • Fax: (507) 395 9001
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    Convento de Santo Domingo

    Avenida A
    Panama City,
    + 507 228 2897

    Mo to Sa from 08:00 AM to 04:00 PM

    A truly beautiful, vaguely unexplained wall standing along one of the charming streets of Casco Viejo, sprouting a few weeds from the uneven top of its brickwork, is the surviving façade of the colonial Convento de Santo Domingo. The 17th-century church and monastery were burnt to the ground twice and not rebuilt after 1756, so that little was preserved through the centuries except the front of the building and an archway within it. Known as the Arco Chato, this brick arch eventually became pivotal to development in Panama. Its stubborn survival despite a remarkably precarious construction proved to engineers that an interoceanic canal built in Panama would not be destroyed by earthquakes; the rest is history.
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