Casco Antiguo is the historical and cultural heart of the Panamanian capital. It was founded in 1673 as the New City of Panama, after the previous one was destroyed during a pirate attack. To prevent it from being captured by enemies, the entire site was surrounded with a wall reinforced with powerful bulwarks. Casco Antiguo remained the center of Panama's political life for more than 200 years. In 1821 it became the stage of Panama's independence from Spain and its union to Simon Bolivar's Gran Colombia, and in 1903 was place where the Republic of Panama was proclaimed. This rich history continues to live in its brick and stone buildings; which today house museums, exhibitions, and many vibrant bars and restaurants.
Casco Antiguo was declared a World Heritage Site, alongside Panama Viejo, by UNESCO in 1997.
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