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Plaza de Francia

Address: Plaza de Francia | Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
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Panama City and Canal Sightseeing Tour
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Ranked #32 of 127 things to do in Panama City
Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Owner description: Called the “French Plaza” in English, this pleasant spot offers great...
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Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
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 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.
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Brentwood, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Has been kept the way it was, the descriptions and history panels are very interesting, Las Bovedas surrounding are great, love the jazz!

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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47 reviews 47 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

A nice spot to walk to and enjoy the view of Panama City's skyscrappers, also plenty of bars around to discover

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Chicago, Illinois
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374 reviews 374 reviews
162 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

You will certainly want to go to Casco Viejo. This monument to the Frenchmen who helped build the Canal is at the far end of Casco Viejo surrounded on the top by multiple vendor stalls. On the Lower level is a plaque commemorating the doctor who discovered the link between mosquitos and yellow fever. There are also 10 huge plaques... More 

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Panama Cit,y, Panama
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Built to honor the Frenchmen that risked life and fortunes to build the first attempt at an Interocenic Canal, this charming plaza sits in the inside circuit of the old Spanish Bastion that served as the sea anchor of the wall defenses of Old Town Panama. You can walk from the walls down an integrated staircase where you will see... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Inevitable, if you go to Casco Viejo you will end up walking around Plaza de Francia. The area is dense with good restaurants, merchants and sights to see. Plaza de Francia is stunning old architecture with an amazing view of the ocean and downtown. Local merchants line up for an outdoor flea market.

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Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
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55 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Interesting place when strolling arround the old city, nice views. There a some shops around and you can sit in the shade for a couple of minutes.

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Richmond, Virginia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

It's run down, with mostlydemolished benches, hordes of scavenging birds, and many colorful down-and-outersers--all very typical in Ameica's oldest cities. But, it is also full of life, exciting, close to very cheap shopping, and excellent low-cost restaurants. A photographer's and adventure-lover's paradise.

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south carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

There are vendors all along the promenade with beautiful items for sale and you'll enjoy listening to the street musicians.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

The Plaza de Francia has good views over the modern and old areas of Panama City. It's a quite place where you can find several restaurants, coffee shops and handicrafts, namely some cheap panama hats. It's a must see.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This is a place to go when you are in Panama. The French did influence the channel construction as they were the ones to start it, so it is good to see that there is still some grateful square devoted to France.

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