Southern Caribbean Cruising — Panama City; Metropolitan Cathedral and other sights


Manuel Espinsa Batista in Independence Plaza

Continuing east along Avenida A takes you right by some really interesting ruins. The remaining structure is of intricate detail and constructed of brick and stone. These are the remains of Iglesia y Convento de la Compañía de Jesús (Church and Convent of the Society of Jesus), a Jesuit church and convent erected in 1741 that subsequently fell victim to both fire and earthquake.

Iglesia y Convento de la Compañía de Jesús
Iglesia y Convento de la Compañía de Jesús

Hang left just past these ruins, onto Calle 7a Oeste, and head north a short distance. Just 220 feet/67 meters to go until you hit Plaza de la Independencia (Independence Plaza) and the Catedral Basílica Santa María la Antigua de Panamá (Metropolitan Archcathedral Basilica of Santa María the Old of Panama; or Metropolitan Cathedral of Panama for short).

Metropolitan Cathedral of Panama at Independence Plaza

Yes, the exterior is impressive, from tall bell towers:

Metropolitan Cathedral of Panama

To an intricate façade between those bell towers:

Metropolitan Cathedral of Panama

But let’s go take a peek inside, shall we:

Ursula and I had a while to ourselves, so we did some shopping, and then a little side trek before heading back to Independence Plaza. Among the sights greeting us along the was San Francisco de Asis Church on Avenida B one block north and two blocks east of Independence Plaza:

San Francisco de Asis Church

This next image was a fun shot taken very near Independence Plaza:

Panama City color

Time to leave behind the cathedral and start a trek through Old Town to our bus, which will take us to other sights in Panama City. Let’s head west on Calle Pedro J. Sosa, where you’ll find this colorful restaurant:

Colorful Advertising

At Nazca 21 we turn right and head north, where I was able to snag a shot of the more modern section of Panama City:

“New” Panama City

We move on to another Southern Caribbean photo destination next week, after this week’s Fun Photo Friday, of course. Until then….

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