San Francisco de la Montana and its Colonial Church
San Francisco de la Montana is surrounded by beautiful sceneries that include the foothills of the Central Range.
The main square of San Francisco is an important venue for cultural and social events of the town.
The Colonial Church of San Francisco is the most iconic building in town.
The sidewalls of the church clearly show the stone material used in its construction.
Here we see one of the bronze bells brought by the Spaniards.
At the other side of the church, there is an earthen square that is very popular with locals.
In front of the church, there is a small building housing the local government.
This is a typical town street with plants and flowers decorating the front lawns.
Another important public building is the local elementary and middle school.
A few hundred meters away from the town's center, there is a nice river named Salto de San Francisco, where many locals swim for fun.
Betegui - Gatu River. It flows near San Francisco.
San Francisco has a colorful history. It was founded in 1621 and during most of the Spanish period of Panama's history, it was the center of a budding mining industry, buoyed by the famous Remance mines. From this period dates the famous colonial church of San Francisco, a building declared as a national heritage site.
The cool weather that graces this region, as well as the pristine state of the surrounding rivers and mountains makes it a very nice place for a few days of vacation or a day trip. It is also less than an hour from Santiago, capital city of Veraguas province and the Interamerican Highway.
The townspeople are engaged in agricultural activities. They keep many traditions alive and are good crafters. Every year, they hold a homemade dessert fair, where they showcase the recipes for traditional sweets that are passed from mothers to daughters.