Perhaps what is most iconic about Panama City is that no matter how many times it has been conquered or invaded it always reinvents itself. Independence Square (Plaza de la Independencia) in Casco Antiguo is a perfect example.
Now also called the Old Part, Casco Antiguo was built after the original city was destroyed by a pirate. The square, located in its center, is where Panama declared its independence from Colombia in 1903. It is dominated by the Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion. Construction on the cathedral started in 1688 and took more than 100 years to finish. It is still active.
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