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Bolivar Neighborhood, also known as The Danger, in David


[The neighborhood has a distinctive residential architectural style.]

The neighborhood has a distinctive residential architectural style.


[A point of interest is the monument to Francisco Morazan, a leader of the Central American Independence movement. He lived in David for a time.]

A point of interest is the monument to Francisco Morazan, a leader of the Central American Independence movement. He lived in David for a time.


[On the main axis of the area, we can find the History and Art Museum Jose Domingo de Obaldia.]

On the main axis of the area, we can find the History and Art Museum Jose Domingo de Obaldia.


[Next door to the museum, there is the Gallegos Foundation building. This private instution greatly helps to preserve local heritage.]

Next door to the museum, there is the Gallegos Foundation building. This private instution greatly helps to preserve local heritage.


[Many historical documents and pictures hang from the walls of the foundation.]

Many historical documents and pictures hang from the walls of the foundation.


[Also, they have pottery pieces from pre-Columbus era, such as this vessel shaped as a bird.]

Also, they have pottery pieces from pre-Columbus era, such as this vessel shaped as a bird.


[This striking jaguar is also preserved at the foundation's offices.]

This striking jaguar is also preserved at the foundation's offices.


[In front of the museum and the foundation, this arch provides access to the stone-paved street that is the backbone of the historic neighborhood.]

In front of the museum and the foundation, this arch provides access to the stone-paved street that is the backbone of the historic neighborhood.


[This walk often hosts cultural events, photo sessions and social life.]

This walk often hosts cultural events, photo sessions and social life.


[At the end of the walk, we are rewarded with a very nice view of Saint Joseph Cathedral's belltower, a colonial structure.]

At the end of the walk, we are rewarded with a very nice view of Saint Joseph Cathedral's belltower, a colonial structure.


[At the other side of the cathedral, there is the Bolivar Square, an important feature of the neighborhood.]

At the other side of the cathedral, there is the Bolivar Square, an important feature of the neighborhood.


[Across the square, there is a police headquarter located in a historical building that has seen battles and now hosts a small museum.]

Across the square, there is a police headquarter located in a historical building that has seen battles and now hosts a small museum.


[Inside the police building, you can visit the Coto War Exhibition.]

Inside the police building, you can visit the Coto War Exhibition.


[Outside, there are murals about The Guaraperos, an insurrection that took place in Chiriquí in 1866.]

Outside, there are murals about The Guaraperos, an insurrection that took place in Chiriquí in 1866.


[Walking back to downtown David, there are more traditional wooden houses.]

Walking back to downtown David, there are more traditional wooden houses.


[This house still has a shingle roof, in addition to the traditional two-color paint.]

This house still has a shingle roof, in addition to the traditional two-color paint.


[Before ending the tour, we visited the Neighborhood Museum. It has a collection of traditional attire from Chiriqui province.]

Before ending the tour, we visited the Neighborhood Museum. It has a collection of traditional attire from Chiriqui province.


[This private museum also shows furniture and personal objects commonly found many decades ago in townhouses in David.]

This private museum also shows furniture and personal objects commonly found many decades ago in townhouses in David.


By:

Marino Jaén Espinosa
2016-11-28

This neighborhood is the cradle of the City of David, as it was founded here in 1602 by the Spanish. It has two names. The first one is Barrio Bolivar, in honor of Simon Bolivar, hero of the South American independence. The other, more traditional name, is The Danger. This name doesn't have anything to do with the very safe nature of the quarter. It comes from it being the historical location of the local cementery, hospital and jail. Of course, nobody visited these places as a result of a pleasant or safe experience, so the place was associated with dangerous situations. It didn't help that the David River also borders the neighborhood and sometimes it became a drowning risk.

Some tourist attractions include the colonial belltower of David's cathedral, several small museums, a stone-paved walk, a square named after Simon Bolivar, the Francisco Morazan Monument and the interesting residential architecture.

Next time you go to David, take an afternoon off to stroll around this charming and historical neighborhood.


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