• 1908 – Opened on the site that originally housed an 18th century monastery, which became military barracks
  • Was the Palacio Nacional, the seat of the national government
  • Initially designed as a presidential building by Italian architect Genaro Ruggieri who studied in Germany with the Panamanian engineer Florencio H. Arosemena
  • Now includes the Teatro Nacional
  • Recent restoration removed up to 14 layers of paint to reveal lavish decorations
  • Painted in original colours, as required of public buildings at the time


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