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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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Enjoy this historic square with a tunnel, restaurant, etc.

Nice square to take photos, and enjoy part of the history with France. It has several interesting points, and sculptures. Now it has the Prado Museum favorite painting, like la... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice square to take photos, and enjoy part of the history with France. It has several interesting points, and sculptures. Now it has the Prado Museum favorite painting, like la Maja desnuda.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a fabuulous city. Our group lucked onto a dance performance here. There are vendors with fairly decent prices. This is not one of the places that you have to fear, as in many other Latin American places. Of course, one always should use the same reasonable caution as at home.

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netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Plaza Francia is on the tip of Panama Viejo. You have a nice view over the water and the skyline of the city.

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Fair Lawn, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I took my kids in this expirence last year, We walked around this part of Panama that is also called as Casco Viejo. They have the most beautiful view of Panama Area. We ate raspao , that is the name they give for snow ball (ice) with all different flavors. Also, around this area we have the chance to walked... More 

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Ballito, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well done to both the Local and National Authorities for ensuring that this legacy of the past is preserved for future generations.

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Panama City, Panama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 July 20, 2016

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 June 28, 2016

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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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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