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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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  • It's called Plaza de Francia, by the location of the French Embassy. It is also a gazebo to the Pacific side in the Panama City has your coast.
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  • Interesting place with historical value and when you go upstairs, you get very nice view of both old and new part of the city.  more »
  • Pretty place with at the centre this Obelisk dominated by the Gallic rooster. A proud despite everything. On the edge of the square, excellent restaurants.
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  • Historic place but lacks some maintenance.
  • Beautiful square in Casco. Visit during day.
  • Nice subtle remembrance place of the French effort with the canal
  • Nice views of beach, ring highway and skyscrapers. Nice breeze too. And shaved ice ;)
  • 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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