Iglesia Santo Domingo and the Flat Arch (Arco Chato)
Originally constructed in the 17th century, the church and convent of Santo Domingo were never rebuilt after a fire that destroyed them in 1756. The only thing that did survive – for centuries – was the Flat Arch (Arco Chato) sitting at the entrance. The Arch stood as a testament to the fact that Panama was spared from major seismic activity and contributed to the case to build a major canal in the area. It eventually collapsed on a Friday night in November 2003 – from age and neglect. Currently, the ruins of Santo Domingo are undergoing restoration and will eventually provide a space for cultural and artistic presentations similar to the space in Panama Viejo ruins.
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