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Fortifications on the Caribbean Side of Panama: Portobelo-San Lorenzo

Magnificent examples of 17th- and 18th-century military architecture, these Panamanian forts on the Caribbean coast form part of the defence system built by the Spanish Crown to protect transatlantic trade.

Since 1980 it is a Unesco site.

Thanks to Pieter for the postcard.

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Archaeological Site of Panamรก Viejo and Historic District of Panamรก

Founded in 1519 by the conquistador Pedrarรญas Dรกvila, Panamรก Viejo is the oldest European settlement on the Pacific coast of the Americas. It was laid out on a rectilinear grid and marks the transference from Europe of the idea of a planned town. Abandoned in the mid-17th century, it was replaced by a โ€˜new townโ€™ (the โ€˜Historic Districtโ€™), which has also preserved its original street plan, its architecture and an unusual mixture of Spanish, French and early American styles. The Salรณn Bolรญvar was the venue for the unsuccessful attempt made by El Libertador in 1826 to establish a multinational continental congress.

Since 1997 it is a Unesco site.

Thanks to Pieter for the postcard.

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