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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 have spent a couple days in Panama by now you have realized that almost every tourist stop contains some sort of history related to the Canal. The Plaza de Francia is no different. If you make ...  more »
  • There is a lot of history in this plaza. There is a sun dial with a rooster on top near the stairs to the walkway by the water. There is a tree in the square that has many species of birds in it (we c...  more »
  • Not especially interesting , unless you are interested in Canals. Lessens ,a Frenchman was the engineer and there is a Statue dedicated to him. There is also a Statue to Finlay, who discovered the lin...  more »
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  • Beautiful square in Casco. Visit during day.
  • Historic place but lacks some maintenance.
  • Nice subtle remembrance place of the French effort with the canal
  • Nice views of beach, ring highway and skyscrapers. Nice breeze too. And shaved ice ;)
  • small plaza next to the walking spot. Just showing the French engineers who tried to build the canal in 1800. There are the old prisons on the side apparently.