Day 125 of 365 Things to Do in Panama

Day 125 of 365 Things to Do in Panama. Visit Plaza Cinco de Mayo on Cinco de Mayo!

In Panama City as Avenida Central emerges onto Plaza Cinco de Mayo, the pedestrianized section ends and the chaos of traffic takes over again. The plaza is actually two squares rolled into one. The first has a small monument to the volunteer firemen killed while fighting an exploded gunpowder magazine in 1914; bomberos occupy a revered position in a city that has so often been devastated by fire. Did you know May 4 is International Fireman's Day?

To the south of the plaza stands a forlorn Neoclassical building that was once the Panama Railroad Pacific terminal.

The second square, Plaza Cinco de Mayo proper, borders the legislative palace compound, identifiable by a black, monolithic monument.

Of course you can always celebrate the traditional Mexican Holiday on this day~

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