If the doors could talk – Casco Viejo, Panama

If the doors could talk... Casco Viejo, Panama

Interesting old doors in Casco Viejo, Panama, reminding of a luxurious past

Seeing this old Spanish building in Casco Viejo, Panama, I couldn’t stop wondering: “what if the doors could talk – what story would they tell?“….
It’s not only about old walls of an old building, once somebody’s home – like many other buildings in this old quarter of Panama City, but by looking at them you can easily assume that these doors have seen much better days. I like the green wooden shades once beautiful. I also like the balconies with wrought iron railings… and there is still a living plant growing on one of them.

Note the three different methods for securing the doors at the bottom… I’m wondering what they are hiding inside, and what the people who were once living here looked like…

If the doors could talk – Casco Viejo, Panama

Casco Viejo (also called Casco Antiguo) is full of history and some of its doors, windows and walls are as old as 300 years – I’m sure they have some interesting stories to tell…

  • Built on a peninsula, the district was founded in 1673 with the purpose of defending Panama City from pirates attacks
  • This historic district of Panama City, a gem of art and culture has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

One of the buildings dating to the 17th century is the convent of Santo Domingo with it’s “Flat Arch” (Arco Chato) – today under restoration.

Convent of Santo Domingo ruins in Casco Viejo, Panama

Convent of Santo Domingo ruins in Casco Viejo, Panama

Arco Chato, Casco Viejo, Panama

Arco Chato

Santo Domingo Convent, Casco Viejo, Panama

Santo Domingo Convent

Arco Chato - Casco Viejo Panama

Arco Chato

As we keep walking on the streets of this old city and looking left and right, I keep thinking the same thing – what if the doors could talk… I love to see and take photos of doors and windows, and so this is what I did in Casco Viejo too.

In the streets of the old Panama City Panama Casco Viejo

Local people walking in the streets of the old Panama City Panama – Casco Viejo

There are people still living In some of these ancient, deteriorated buildings, waiting patiently for the day of restoration.

Historic Spanish colonial building in Casco Viejo, Panama

Historic Spanish colonial building in Casco Viejo, Panama

More and more old buildings have been renovated into nice, clean or luxurious apartment buildings and hotels. The process continues, without destroying the original character of the construction. The history will remain forever behind these walls, and once again I cannot stop asking myself: “What if the doors could talk?”

Renovated building in Casco Viejo

Renovated building in Casco Viejo

Click on the photos to see them in a larger format in my travel photography gallery.

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