Royal Houses

  • Built in 1556, this complex included the Quartermaster Building, the Court, the Chancellory, the Gun Powder Deposit, the Royal Audience Court and the Residence of the Governor
  • Vast complex protected by a palisade and a moat to protect the treasures from Peru
  • The 1621 earthquake caused serious damage which was repaired, but due to continued deterioration of the buildings, some were torn down in 1647
  • Despite the obvious historical importance of the site, past governments have allowed sections of the property to be used as a landfill and for horse stables
  • In the 1970s and 80s the Panama Defense Force occupied the site and constructed buildings and a heliport
  • The tides eroded much of the walls, and now there are only scattered remains of the once impressive structures


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