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Plaza de Francia

Plaza de Francia | Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
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As featured in 3 days in Panama City
Ranked #20 of 59 attractions in Panama City
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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Panama City, Panama
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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32 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
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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68 reviews 68 reviews
23 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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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83 reviews 83 reviews
25 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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11 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
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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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Actually I got one of my best photos here of a tiny Panamanian woman who sold me a mola. She showed me the needle pricks in her fingertips to prove she had made it. One of the smaller squares, it does have a great view of the water, and it does have some busts and an obelisk, but we found... More

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San Francisco, California
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73 reviews 73 reviews
31 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The area around the square was probably the most restored in Casco. From the benches, one can watch the ships line up to transit the canal.

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Santa Cruz, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

Beautiful postage stamp park will delight you and photo ops for the camera buff abound. Nice to enjoy at night with dramatic skyline. Evenings are best as the city forgets you're here you may enjoy without distractions. City sea walls are original here and the rehabbed buildings stunning.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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32 reviews 32 reviews
29 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

Even with views of the bay, it was not the most photogenic part of the old town. The Kuna Indian market stalls were good.

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