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New sign system for Casco Antiguo
Tourists and locals will be able to find sites of interest in Casco Antiguo more easily thanks to a new sign system that includes 26 structures dedicated to exterior spaces, five photo spots, 5 directional signs, 19 stands and more than 36 tourist and ecclesiastical signs in the churches of the area and the distribution of more than 100,000 tourist maps to guide visitors in this important part of the city.
The 26 structures were installed at points where people tend to gather. Their location and design was defined and approved by the National Heritage Department of the National Culture Institute (INAC). The structures are made of iron and show images, illustrations, general information in English and Spanish, orientation maps and emergency telephone numbers such as police, fire department and medical emergencies.
The five photo spots are located in Plaza Herrera, Plaza Mayor, Plaza de Francia and Plaza Bolívar. The ecclesiastical signs were made in preparation for World Youth Day which will take place in 2019. The churches highlighted are: San Francisco, San Jose, Nuestra Señora de La Merced and San Felipe Neri with 19 stands showing signage plus another 36 signs giving information in English and Spanish.
The Casco Antiguo churches are the custodians of valuable cultural, religious, architectural and historical heritage and they are some of the main attractions of the area.
This modern sign system will allow visitors to orient themselves and find a particular historical monument, square, street, avenue or church and make the experience more comfortable and enjoyable.
Casco Antiguo was included in the list of World Heritage Sites of UNESCO in 1997 and is the second most visited place in the country, with around half a million people going to its churches and historical monuments every year. It is expected that that number will increase during World Youth Day and with more Chinese tourists coming to Panama.
The maps will be distributed in the Offices of Casco Antiguo, churches of the area, airports and international fairs where the Panama Tourism Authority participates.