Plaza de Francia, Panama City

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#7 of 17 in Historic Sites in Panama City
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. Plan trip to Panama City with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • In the heart of the old Panama tour there has led us. We have seen several other remains and we we felt disoriented.
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  • Imposing monument that traces the construction of the Canal and the first efforts of Lesseps for Pierce. Just in front of our Embassy a nice walk which begins with pelicans tree: birds nest there in number at the end of the day. not to be missed.
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  • It is a good place that serves as a viewpoint for the city, even though it is small, has interesting things inside that can be interesting.
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