September 9


Saint of the day:

Santa Maria la Antigua, the Virgin of hope
Patron Saint of Panama

Santa María de la Antigua, Patron Saint of Panama

In the 16th century the cathedral at Seville was reconstructed. Left standing was one wall that featured an image of the Virgin.  Because the image was from the old cathedral, it was called Santa María de la Antigua.

When Balboa conquered Panama he made one of the indigenous towns the new capital and renamed it Santa María de la Antigua; a chapel in the town was dedicated to the Virgin under that name.



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Catedral Basílica Santa María La Antigua

Avenida Central esquina con, Calle 8a Este, Panama City, Panama