The Cathedral Basilica Santa María la Antigua of Panama, consecrated in 1796, was built in a period of 108 years. Today improvements are made to restore the appearance this architectural building had during its beginnings and it is part of the historical heritage of humanity. Panama Today has the first pictures of the restoration process that would be completed between August and October 2018. By the end of the year the equipment stage will begin. The Cathedral will be fully ready to hold the World Youth Day 2019, according to the Panama’s government Secretary of goals, Jorge González.
Ten tons of stones from Alicante and Catalonia (Spain) are part of the materials and the rigorous method used by experts in the building’s restoration both internally and externally. Some wood pieces dating from the construction of the Cathedral, more than 200 years ago, still remain in excellent condition. $ 11.6 million is the approximate cost of this restoration process.