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Plazuela de la Puerta del Mar


"Panoramic Protection"

This tidy, grass-lawned strip beside Avenida Eloy Alfaro, just next to the stretch of guarded road in front of the Palacio Presidencial, has a surprisingly big history and an even bigger vista of the city skyline past the sparkling Bay of Panama. It was originally a terrace atop the city wall that protected the city from sea-borne dangers, such as the pirates who destroyed Panamá Viejo in 1671 and inspired the inhabitants to build the new, better-protected settlement of Casco Viejo. The spot was named for the former Puerta del Mar, or Sea Gate, that was situated nearby and gave access to the city. A row of houses was built over the terrace during the 19th century, but these were demolished between 1994 and 1997 to open the historic spot back up.
Avenida Eloy Alfaro, Panama City, Panama
"Panoramic Protection"
This tidy, grass-lawned strip beside Avenida Eloy Alfaro, just next to the stretch of guarded road in front of the Palacio Presidencial, has a surprisingly big history and an even bigger vista of the city skyline past the sparkling Bay of Panama. It was originally a terrace atop the city wall that protected the city from sea-borne dangers, such as the pirates who destroyed Panamá Viejo in 1671 and inspired the inhabitants to build the new, better-protected settlement of Casco Viejo. The spot was named for the former Puerta del Mar, or Sea Gate, that was situated nearby and gave access to the city. A row of houses was built over the terrace during the 19th century, but these were demolished between 1994 and 1997 to open the historic spot back up.
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