The Iglesia Santo Domingo (or Church and Convent of Santo Domingo) isn’t much to look at anymore. It has long been a shell of brick ruins. There’s no roof, and while there are still walls, they’re mostly crumbling. It was built in 1678 but destroyed by fire in 1756. It has been in ruins ever since.
But the most famous aspect is the Arco Chato, or Flat Arch, that spans from one side to the other, at about 35 feet high and spanning 49 feet. There aren’t any supports, and the fact that it remained standing was one of the things that local advocates pointed to when talking up Panama City’s seismic stability when the choice for where to build a canal linking the Pacific and Atlantic oceans was down to a choice between Panama and Nicaragua.
The Flat Arch did eventually fall–in November 2003–and has since been resurrected.
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Travel Advice for Panama
You can find the latest U.S. Department of State travel advisories and information for Panama (such as entry visa requirements and vaccination requirements) here.
Health & Vaccinations
The CDC makes country-specific recommendations for vaccinations and health for travelers. You can find their latest information for Panama here.
Guidebooks for Panama
If you're looking for a guidebook to make the most of your visit, these are some of the most popular ones currently for Panama. Some are available in both paper and e-book formats.
- Lonely Planet Panama
- Lonely Planet, Carolyn McCarthy, Steve Fallon
- Frommermedia Llc
- Nicholas Gill
- Fodor s In Focus Panama Travel Guide
- Fodor's Travel Guides
- Panama National Geographic Adventure Map
- National Geographic Maps - Adventure
- Rough Guides
- Publisher: Rough Guides