Archaeological Site of Panamá Viejo and Historic District of Panamá



PanamaLatin America and the CaribbeanPanama’ Province, Panama’ DistrictN8 57 4 W79 32 261997200357CulturalTo exhibit an important interchange of human values - over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world - on developments in architecture or technology; monumental arts; town-planning or landscape designTo be an outstanding example of a type of building; architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human historyTo be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions; with ideas; or with beliefs; with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significanceIdentity/ social cohesion/ changes in local population and communityHuman resourcesLegal frameworkManagement systems/ management planHousingDeliberate destruction of heritageFinancial resourcesGovernanceSociety's valuing of heritage790http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/790http://whc.unesco.org/en/soc/?action=list&id_site=790Founded in 1519 by the conquistador Pedrarías Dávila, Panamá 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 ‘new town’ (the ‘Historic District’), which has also preserved its original street plan, its architecture and an unusual mixture of Spanish, French and early American styles. The Salón Bolívar was the venue for the unsuccessful attempt made by in 1826 to establish a multinational continental congress.World Heritage Site
CountryPanama
UNESCO RegionLatin America and the Caribbean
LocationPanama’ Province, Panama’ District
CoordinatesN8 57 4 W79 32 26
Inscription Date1997
Extension2003
Property (ha)57
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo exhibit an important interchange of human values - over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world - on developments in architecture or technology; monumental arts; town-planning or landscape design
CriteriaTo be an outstanding example of a type of building; architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history
CriteriaTo be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions; with ideas; or with beliefs; with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance
All ThreatsIdentity/ social cohesion/ changes in local population and community
All ThreatsHuman resources
All ThreatsLegal framework
All ThreatsManagement systems/ management plan
All ThreatsHousing
All ThreatsDeliberate destruction of heritage
All ThreatsFinancial resources
All ThreatsGovernance
All ThreatsSociety's valuing of heritage
Unesco Reference Number790
URLhttp://whc.unesco.org/en/list/790
State of Conservation Reporthttp://whc.unesco.org/en/soc/?action=list&id_site=790
DescriptionFounded in 1519 by the conquistador Pedrarías Dávila, Panamá 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 ‘new town’ (the ‘Historic District’), which has also preserved its original street plan, its architecture and an unusual mixture of Spanish, French and early American styles. The Salón Bolívar was the venue for the unsuccessful attempt made by in 1826 to establish a multinational continental congress.
StatusWorld Heritage Site