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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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  • We visited in the evening/night, and the area was mostly deserted, but safe. Waling along the outer wall gave us a great night time view of the Panama City skyline. there appeared to be lots of stalls...  more »
  • This area has a lot to explore and a lot of photo opportunities. The plaza and monuments are interesting. Take a walk up above to see beautiful views and to find more excellent photo opportunities as ...  more »
  • Find the illusion and walking around the old town from the independence square were exploring the streets of Spain. In addition to hanging out with big clock enters the eye. Also involved in the construction of the Panama Canal Lesseps statue. Expands the ocean going up the stairs next to the square and the skyscrapers of the new town. Also has different faces in different from Panama, is quite interesting.
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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