Sunday, May 26, 2013

Street Murals in Casco Viejo, Panama



Casco Viejo is a UNESCO World Heritage site in Panama with an interesting history. In 1671, when notorious pirate Henry Morgan looted and destroyed the old city, Panama Viejo, the residents decided to build a safer and easier to defend city. They created Casco Viejo, which translates to "old helmet," a maze-like, walled city filled with elegant 16th and 17th century Spanish colonial architecture. Some locals don't even like to call it Casco Viejo because of the association of discarding old things. Instead, they prefer Casco Antiguo, because antiques are valued and preserved. Whatever the name, I found the neighborhood to be inviting and colorful, crammed with history and art. I visited at night, when the area comes alive with music and nightlife but that didn't stop me from noting these charming murals.


They appear to be painted by school children, documenting the neighborhood's cultural institutions like the Panama Canal Museum.


This mural welcomes visitors to Casco Antiguo, pointing out how everyone in the community brings individual gifts that help make a complete and thriving community as a whole. It's a reminder of how we're all connected and part of the global community, no matter where we are.

6 comments:

Indrani said...

Nice captures of these murals.

Fly Girl said...

Indrani, Thanks! They really caught my eye.

Andrew Graeme Gould said...

Love the murals, Rosalind. Interesting to read the background information, too.

Fly Girl said...

Andrew, I though the drawings were so colorful against the night darkness. Panama has a lot of interesting history.

Katy said...

it looks like children paintings!

Fly Girl said...

Katy,
These were created by school children. I love the innocence of the drawings.