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The Heroic Villa de Los Santos


[One of the first interesting buildings you reach going into downtown is the National School of Folklore.]

One of the first interesting buildings you reach going into downtown is the National School of Folklore.


[In front of the central square, you will find the Nationality Museum, a cultural icon of the city.]

In front of the central square, you will find the Nationality Museum, a cultural icon of the city.


[Because of its style, people may think the museum is made of quincha. However, a quick glance to a side wall shows that it is made of brick.]

Because of its style, people may think the museum is made of quincha. However, a quick glance to a side wall shows that it is made of brick.


[The main square is named in honor of Simon Bolivar, liberator of many countries in Latin America.]

The main square is named in honor of Simon Bolivar, liberator of many countries in Latin America.


[A view of a monument and the gazebo of the square.]

A view of a monument and the gazebo of the square.


[The Catholic Church of Saint Atanasio is another icon of the town. It is also located next to the square.]

The Catholic Church of Saint Atanasio is another icon of the town. It is also located next to the square.


[Many quincha houses still adorn La Villa's downtown.]

Many quincha houses still adorn La Villa's downtown.


[A typical street view of La Villa de Los Santos.]

A typical street view of La Villa de Los Santos.


[Another important square of La Villa is the Rufina Alfaro Square, commonly know as the big-titted one square, because of this monument.]

Another important square of La Villa is the Rufina Alfaro Square, commonly know as the big-titted one square, because of this monument.


[The Azuero fairgrounds is algo located at La Villa de Los Santos.]

The Azuero fairgrounds is algo located at La Villa de Los Santos.


By:

Marino Jaén Espinosa
2010-08-07

La Villa de Los Santos is one of the most important towns in the Azuero Peninsula. It is located in Los Santos Province, on the southern bank of the La Villa River, right across from the nearby city of Chitre.

This town has a very interesting history. It was one of the first areas settled by the Spanish in the Pacific coast of Panama, during the Sixteen Century. However, in 1821, it became the place where the first rebellion against the Spanish Crown took place in the territory that is now Panama.

The town has many interesting places, such as the colonial church of Saint Atanasio, two main squares named after Simon Bolivar and Rufina Alfaro, who was a heroine of Panama's Independence. Also, the National School of Folklore and the Nationality Museum are located at La Villa.

Several yearly celebrations are held in town, such as Carnavales (usually in February), the Azuero Fair (April-May), Corpus Christi (May-June) and the First Yell of Independence (November 10th). This allows a rich cultural heritage that is evident when you visit La Villa de Los Santos.


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