Panama "La Vieja"
This is the tower that belonged to the city that in January 1671 resisted the destructive fury of the English pirate Henry Morgan, was reinforced and turned into a tourist viewpoint.
The project was financed with funds from the Panama Viejo Board of Trustees and the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation.
This Place is currently called “Panama la Vieja” or “Panama Viejo” (means Old Panama) is the name given to the archaeological site where Panama City was located from its foundation in 1519 (by the Spanish Crown) until 1671. Its first name was “Our Lady of the Assumption of Panama”.
The city was moved to a new location, about eight kilometers to the southwest, when it was destroyed after the attack in 1671.
The materials used are completely contemporary (steel and wood); the new structure is supported by the original walls of the building and is compatible with the original model. The number of visitors that the tower will receive will not affect in any way the ruins of Panama Viejo, because people will have the opportunity to visit the rest of the monumental complex. The viewpoint will have a maximum capacity of 50 visitors and will have internal guardrails, a modern electrical system and fire alarms.
If you are visiting Panama City, this is one of the places that you must visit, on average it can take between 30 and 60 minutes if you only want to visit the tower and or get to the viewpoint that is on the top floor (but you must walk all they way up. There is another route that allows you to enter the museum and then go through parts of the ruins and visit the tower, but it could take at least two hours. For either route there is a small fee that you will need to pay (for entrance ticket).