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Plaza de Francia

Plaza de Francia | Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
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Ranked #20 of 59 Attractions in Panama City
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Type: Historic Sites
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Called the “French Plaza” in English, this pleasant spot offers great views and a leisurely spot in which to purchase and savor raspados (fruity snow... more » Owner description: Called the “French Plaza” in English, this pleasant spot offers great views and a leisurely spot in which to purchase and savor raspados (fruity snow cones) on hot, humid days. Housed in this plaza is the elegant Instituto Nacional de Cultura (National Institute of Culture), which was among the sites used for “Quantum of Solace,” a 2008 James Bond film that supposedly took place in Bolivia and Haiti but was filmed in Panama. Formerly the Supreme Court building, the Instituto now houses a small theater and hosts cultural events. « less
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

The Plaza, on the tip of the Casco Viejo, has a great view of the Amador Causeway, and the new Frank Gehry Biodiversity Museum. Craftsmen and women line the Plaza, as well the the rest of the walkway around the edge of the Casco Viejo.

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Escazu, Costa Rica
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Nice place to go walk during the afternoon or just go there to read a book and relax for a while. There's a nice restaurant called Las Bovedas there and also the Art Institute of Spain is right there where you can have some books on the 3rd floor and cocktails and sangria on the 6th floor.

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Arlington Heights, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

This is definitely a "worth see" to get in some history and pleasant views of old and new Panama. The Plaza de Francia has a very nice park-like setting.

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new york
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Kinda funny if you think about it. It is right below a wonderful promenade where you can see the skyline of the new city and also much of the old city.

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Panama City, Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

If you visit Casco Antiguo, this is a must. It is located at the end of the point of the Casco. It was built in honor of the Frenchmen who began the construction of the Panama Canal. It needs upkeep as the plaques explaining the history are run down but the place is espectacular with views of the Bridge of... More

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Roatan, Honduras
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014 via mobile

Located on the outskirts of the old city. A nice place to visit and see the statues of people responsible for the Panama Canal. Make sure to read the plaques. Nice view of the ocean from there.

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Hackensack, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Nice walk and view with lots of local handicrafts for sale. Could use someone selling water or drinks as it is hot, even with the nice breeze off the water.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Plaza is at the end of Casco Viejo, the old city of Panama founded by the French at the time they were attempting to build the canal. Great views from the top of the plaza and monument.

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Far Rockaway, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

There was a local who Gave us the history of the Canal and explained the five statues. This was interesting, but if you don't read Spanish, you're screwed. The view up the stairs was disappointing.

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Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

The plaza is right on the water in the Casco Antiguo. Great views of the ocean and the city skyline from there. You can get great pictures of the skyline. The historical side of it is also very interesting. Lots of good restaurants and shops around.

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