Photo of the Week
September 11, 2011

great photo from the Fred and Lilian Ramsey collection that was sent to me by Richard Crowe who is Fred Ramsey's Great Nephew. 

This week's photos are from a portion of the photo album called "Outing to Beach".  This photo of the old church on Taboga excited me a lot once I did some research on the Internet about the old church.  The photo above is the old church San Pedro which took it's name from the island and town's original name. See short history below.

The island was discovered in the 16th century and was originally named Isla de San Pedro by the Spanish explorer, Vasco Nez de Balboa. Its current name derives from an Indian word, aboga ("many fish"). The island's first settlers were Indian slaves from Venezuela and Nicaragua. The small town of San Pedro was founded in 1524 by Hernando de Luque, dean of the Panama cathedral. The town church of the same name is claimed to be the second oldest church in the hemisphere. Rose of Lima (15861617), the first Catholic saint of the Americas , may have been born on the island.

The photos had no captions, but I am assuming that Fred is shown in the photo above along with an unknown friend who is also seen in the photo below.  The photo below show Lilian and her friends standing on the stairs of the old church.

Now..I found the newer photo of the old church on the Internet and looks like not much has changed over the many years.  I do note that the little window above the door has changed and now is home to a statue of our Blessed Mother Mary.  There is also three dimensional lettering and flower around the door.  The bell is also larger than the original.

The next time I make a trip back home to Panama, Taboga is on my list of places to visit, especially this very special old church.

As always...super great photos and captures in time.

Many more great photos at Taboga in  the weeks to come.


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