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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  • You get to see a really nice view of the oceanfrom here, there are some artisans selling souvenirs and  more »
  • Delight to walk and see some of the city and your story. Always comfortable clothes and shoes also
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  • Walking through the Casco Viejo, will find this space, it's beautiful and historic; is in the alley next to the sea.
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