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Plaza de Francia, Panama City

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Shaded by flame trees adorned with bright-orange blossoms, Plaza de Francia pays homage to French workers who died from yellow fever and malaria during the construction of the canal. A statue of one of Panama's founding fathers and presidents greats you at the front of the plaza. Walk to the obelisk topped by a rooster at the end of the plaza, and see marble plaques and statues, which recount the arduous task of the 22,000 workers. Look for the statue of Carlos J.Finlay, a Cuban doctor whose discovery helped eradicate the yellow fever, across from the French Embassy among the busts of French lieutenants. The former Spanish dungeons, which line the side of the plaza, today house upscale art galleries and shops. An elevated walk atop the old fortification walls offers views of the ocean. Plaza de Francia is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Panama City Edition.
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  • If you're in Casco Viejo, you'll probably walk to or by this place. It's worth the time to visit and read about past Panama. Be sure to visit the vendors on the back side at the top of the stairs and ...  more »
  • Part of the Casco Viejo area, this is a nice place to stroll around and learn a little about the history of the area. There are usually guides that will share the necessary information (for a fee, of ...  more »
  • The Plaza de Francia was originally the barracks of the Spanish Garrison which was converted to a monument in 1920 to honor the french who died in their failed attempt to build a canal.It sist at one ...  more »
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  • Awesome place, full of history.
  • Perhaps not to visit for the views, but there are usually some guys selling colourful shaved ice from their carts - well worth to taste :)
  • Great place to walk around. Nice views of the tall structure and ocean.
  • Beautiful plaza and a great view to the ocean, place go there and take a lot of pictures with all the statues that are there. Great historical Panamenian Place.
  • Nice place to walk and learn about history