Object of the Day

Stone Building Ruins

2013.8.66jpgCan anyone identify the location of this photograph?  It looks like the ruins of a large stone building.

Perhaps you know who took this photograph or the estimated date?

Does this building have a name?  Have you ever been to this site?

If you have any information about this building, please share with us in the comments section!


  • Joanne Steiner

    Are you kidding? That photo shows “Old Panama ruins” where Sir Henry Morgan sacked the City.
    He would have stolen the “Golden Alter” from the Church if it had not been whitewashed so he could not recognize it as gold.

  • Joan Ohman

    This is Old Panama or Panama Viejo. From Wikipedia…”The city was founded on August 15, 1519, by Pedro Arias de Ávila, also known as Pedrarias Dávila. Within a few years of its founding, the city became a launching point for the exploration and conquest of Peru and a transit point for gold and silver headed back to Spain through the Isthmus. In 1671 Henry Morgan with a band of 1400 men attacked and looted the city, which was subsequently destroyed by fire. The ruins of the old city still remain and are a popular tourist attraction known as Panamá la Vieja (Old Panama). It was rebuilt in 1673 in a new location approximately 5 miles southwest of the original city. This location is now known as the Casco Viejo (Old Quarter) of the city.”

  • Carol Meyer

    More specifically this represents the ruins of bell tower and church at “Old Panama”. Of side interest the remains of Pedro Arias de Avila were found in the ruins of the cathedral of “Old Leon” in Nicaragua along with the be-headed remains of Cordoba(I think) who was one of de Avila’s victims. Balboa was another victim. It is possible that the grey, tear-shaped pearl which Richard Burton gave to Elizabeth Taylor was “La Peregrina”, originally given by de Avila to his wife after being found in Panama, eventually finding it’s way into the Spanish and European monarchies, then lost for some centuries.

  • Vicente Pascual

    This view is of the cathedral and bell tower of the first city of Panama, founded August 15m 1519 and destroyed on January 1671 by fire during an attack by Henry Morgan. This is one of the most iconic views of Panama.

  • Lila Cheville

    All the comments are correct. This was the main cathedral of early Panama City. Pictures from the 1800s show more vines over the building, so my guess is that this picture was taken in the early 1900s.

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