Rich in history: Plaza Herrera

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The monument to General Tomás Herrera is the centerpiece of Plaza Herrera in Casco Antiguo.

The monument to General Tomás Herrera is the centerpiece of Plaza Herrera in Casco Antiguo.

Plaza Herrera on Avenida A, between Calles 10 and 9, is on the verge of major development. Already, the plaza hosts one restaurant and nearby are the Music Conservatory and the Danilo Pérez Foundation. There are also three hotels planned that will be located on the plaza. Certainly the rich history of Plaza Herrera will play a part in the attraction of foreign visitors to stay at one of these lodgings. Here is a look into the past of Plaza Herrera.

It was formally named Plaza General Tomás Herrera in the year 1928, after national hero General Tomás Herrera. It was then that the statue of General Herrera mounted on a horse was unveiled. Today it is the proud centerpiece of this, Casco Antiguo’s up-and-coming, plaza.

In its earliest history, the plaza was used to host bull fights. Plaza Herrera is also where the first Panamanian “skyscrapers” were built. On the eastern side of the plaza, “El Castillo de Greyskull” (Greyskull Castle) was a surprisingly tall structure when its construction began in 1917. It reached an extra-tall four stories upon its completion in 1921.

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