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Plaza de Francia

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Address: Plaza de Francia | Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Called the “French Plaza” in English, this pleasant spot offers great views...

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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See my review of Casco Viejo for information about the area in general. This is a monument to those early explorers and adventuress people who discovered and fostered the well... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Panama City, Panama
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Panama City, Panama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

See my review of Casco Viejo for information about the area in general. This is a monument to those early explorers and adventuress people who discovered and fostered the well being of Panama. It is an excellent vantage point to see the bay and eat an empanada.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

In my first night traveling through panama, I came just as the sun was setting on panama city. My taxi driver took a few minutes to proudly tell me some of the history of his beloved panama. Great lesson. and even more gorgeous views.

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Topeka, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Many craft sellers have booths set up, and the views are great of the metropolitan skyline and water front. Great place to watch people, too.

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New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

The Plaza is lovely and commemorates the valiant efforts of the French to create the original Canal. Unfortunately, they failed, but the memorials and monuments mean they are not forgotten. The French Embassy is in the same area.

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Brisbane, Queensland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

The old portion of Panama City (Casco Viejo) is an interesting area to walk around, full of old buildings in good condition, some ruins, numerous pretty churches, government departments, the presidential palace, the metropolitan cathedral, several museums including one on the Panama Canal, and a number of open plazas like Plaza de la Independencia. At the end of the Casco... More 

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Panama City, Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

I love to walk around these area and enjoy a beautiful sunset. If you like photography is good place to spend some time.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

Great area is walk in on a sunday afernoon. Explore local shops, see how shaved ice is made and if you are lucky, you see a great sunset from here.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

I found this Plaza very interesting. There are restaurants, and stores around, and a beautiful place to take photos.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Our tour guide took us to this plaza and tell the story of the monument of French involvement in the canal construction. It is a very nice spot in Old Town.

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Snohomish, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

This is such a beautiful historical part of Panama. Below is where they kept the prisoners back in the days of the Spaniards and when the tie came up the prisoners were almost submerge in water totally... Yikes! They also had tunnels below to connect with different buildings some of them churches. The gvt had to close the entry to... More 

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