"Santo Domingo Convent - Casco Viejo" Panamá City Things to Do Tip by elsadran

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  Santo Domingo Convent
by elsadran

The ruins of Santo Domingo Convent and Church are at the corner of avenue A and Calle 3. It was burned down in 1756 and was never rebuilt. But the flat arch still stands and they say it was the reason for preferring Panama to Nicaragua for the building of the Canal as it proved to be an area safe from earthquakes.
There is an interesting legend attached to it. The friar who was directing the construction had the arch built but it fell twice. It is said that the friar prayed for guidance. In a vision he saw exactly how he should make the construction and he made it with his own hands. Since then the arch has resisted earthquakes and time with no other supports than the terminal arches which was indeed an architectural triumph.

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  • Updated Sep 6, 2008
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