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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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  • The plaza is wrapped by a promenade that has lots of vendors selling Panamanian arts and crafts. Ironically, the prices here are cheaper than in other parts of the country. Go for the view and the cra...  more »
  • Esta plaza la encontrarán durante el recorrido por la parte antigua de la ciudad, la verdad es que no presenta ninguna particularidad. 
  • pour ce qui est de la place ok mais pour ce qui est de l’ambassade de France un bon ravalement serait souhaitable 
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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