Plaza de Francia, Panama City

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#5 of 13 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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  • October 3, 2017
    Panama has a history which is mixture of many countries, France is one of them. Read a little about it and feel at home. Visit panama
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  • October 3, 2017
    A very interesting place, much history to know if it is possible to make a tour to have details of the place.
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  • October 1, 2017
    Beautiful view of the sea and the city. You can get colorful and artistic crafts. It is advisable to eat a Granita with the Sr on the cart.
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  • May 10, 2017
    Historic place but lacks some maintenance.
  • May 22, 2017
    Beautiful square in Casco. Visit during day.
  • June 16, 2017
    Nice subtle remembrance place of the French effort with the canal
  • January 7, 2017
    Nice views of beach, ring highway and skyscrapers. Nice breeze too. And shaved ice ;)
  • February 17, 2017
    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.

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