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PANAMA CANAL AREA

PANAMA CANAL AREA
Panama City, Chagres River, Panama
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BACKGROUND

In the late nineteenth century, a French company began building what would come to be considered one of the greatest engineering achievements in human history. The Panama Canal, a 50-mile (80 kilometer) lock canal across the Isthmus of Panama, cuts through a diverse cultural landscape of colonial ruins, townships, industrial sites, and dense tropical jungle. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

World Monuments Fund began preservation efforts in the Panama Canal Area by including San Lorenzo Castle and San Jerónimo Fort, two Spanish colonial-era fortifications that have been directly affected by the turnover of the Panama Canal, on the 1998 Watch. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

A stunning visual ensemble of built and natural landscapes, the Panama Canal Area embodies exemplary nineteenth and twentieth century technology, aesthetic ideals, and urban experiences, as well as earlier colonial and pre-Colombian architecture. Within the canal and watershed harbor lays one of the most important reserves of bio-diversity within the neo-tropical region. (...)

VIDEOS
World Monuments FundThe Historic Center of the City of Colon: A project for its conservation, revitalization and sustainable management
August, 2012

In recognition of its historic role in the development of modern international trade and transportation, as well as its cultural and environmental value, the Historic Center of Colon was declared a historic monument in 2002. Despite its protected status, the center continues to suffer the effect of more than 30 years of neglect and abuse. This short, Spanish-language documentary offers criteria for a democratic project of urban conservation and economic revitalization that begins with the dispelling of stereotypes and the valorization of Colon's exceptional cultural heritage.

El Centro Histórico de Colón fue declarado monumento histórico en 2002, en reconocimiento al importante papel que jugó en el desarrollo del comercio internacional moderno y el transporte, además de su valor cultural y ambiental. A pesar del nombramiento, el centro sigue sufriendo los efectos de más de 30 años de abandono y abuso. El siguiente cortometraje (en Espaňol) ofrece algunos criterios para el desarrollo de un proyecto democrático de conservación y revitalizacion económica, que solo se puede iniciar con la eliminación de los estereotipos y la valorización del patrimonio cultural excepcional de Colón.