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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  • In the France square you can admire both the sea and the city, full of skyscrapers and reminds us of the history of Panama.
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  • only opinions of the Guide, but nothing pa see, just to give a few dollars at the end of the visit... do not lose time, go without a guide
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  • It's a small plaza and doesn't take more than a few minutes to see. You can walk around, enjoy the architecture and sit on a bench and watch the world walk by. It's also close to cafes and restaurants...  more »
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  • Nice walking there at sunset. Good vibe and nice bars / restaurants around.
  • A piece of history that must be visited when going to Panama. It's close to other tourist attractions that will give a better understanding of Panamanian history.
  • Visiting this place is a must when visiting Panama City. Very important historical place where you will se part of the history for the city and will have a great view of the city itself. Great place to take pictures.
  • Beautiful place, in the corner of Casco Antiguo, where are many government buildings and the history the idea of Canal connection the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean
  • Nice, historical site. Easy walk.

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