Plaza Francia
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Impressive fountains grace the entrance to the Altamira subway station, which is located in this popular square of Caracas.
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  • Eij1
    286 contributions
    Pleasant place for people watching
    Located in the affluent neighborhood of Altamira, this place is a nice place to people watch. You can just sit down and watch the day go by while observing what the surroundings have to offer. It's located adjacent to the metro and the tall monument is beautiful. I was there in December 2019 when it was lit up with the colors of the Venezuelan flag and it was beautiful to watch. There was a concomitant food expo event occurring. Overall, a nice relaxing place to walk, sit down, kick a soccer ball around or my favorite activity: people watching!
    Written January 4, 2020
  • alberto n
    Caracas, Venezuela41 contributions
    AGRADABLE LUGAR PUBLICO........La mayoria de las veces
    Eventos periodicos esta semana de Dic hubo feria de libros y Food Trucks ... ah y esta en la zona de Chacao... un pequeño porcentaje de mayor seguridad policial
    Written January 8, 2020
  • Dika
    Madrid, Spain1,129 contributions
    Relajante, refrescante!
    Fue diseñada por el arquitecto Turco Arthur Kahn quien llegó a Venezuela en julio de 1942, venezolano por nacionalización, con casi 70 años de residencia en el país y construida por el urbanista Luis Roche, uno de los mayores constructores de entonces, dentro del Proyecto de la urbanización Altamira. Construida a principio de la década de 1940 e inaugurada el 11 de agosto de 1945 con el nombre de "Plaza Altamira". Posteriormente su nombre cambió a Plaza Francia luego de un convenio entre las ciudades de Caracas y París para tener una Plaza Francia en Caracas y una Plaza Venezuela en París. Destaca en la Plaza, el Obelisco de Altamira, símbolo del Municipio Chacao, el Espejo de Agua y una fuente que cae hacia el fondo de la plaza a la principal salida del Metro de Caracas en la Estación Altamira Antes de 1940, la zona de Altamira era una hacienda agrícola llamada El Paraíso, de 110 hectáreas, con las grandes quebradas cristalinas Pajaritos, Quebrada Seca y Quintero o quebrada de Chacao, afluentes del río Guaire, que descendían de norte a sur desde la montaña que limita al norte la ciudad de Caracas llamada el Cerro el Ávila. Desde el 2002 la Plaza Altamira ha sido punto de encuentro y epicentro de protestas en las manifestaciones de la oposición, contra el Régimen de Hugo Rafael Chávez Frias y su sucesor Nicolas Maduro Moros, presenciando durante todos estos años el gran rechazo que existe contra estos tiranos.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 24, 2018
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Ignacio
31 contributions
Aug 2020
Beautiful view of Avila mountain. Nice to walk around and enjoy some ice cream. Clean and safe. Impressive Obelisque
Written October 1, 2020
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Eij1
Canada286 contributions
Dec 2019
Located in the affluent neighborhood of Altamira, this place is a nice place to people watch. You can just sit down and watch the day go by while observing what the surroundings have to offer.

It's located adjacent to the metro and the tall monument is beautiful. I was there in December 2019 when it was lit up with the colors of the Venezuelan flag and it was beautiful to watch. There was a concomitant food expo event occurring.

Overall, a nice relaxing place to walk, sit down, kick a soccer ball around or my favorite activity: people watching!
Written January 4, 2020
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Luis Alejandro
Caracas, Venezuela28 contributions
Oct 2019
It is a good place to have a walk, sit for a while in a bench and chat with some friends. It really is a beautiful place. However, you have to be careful since insecurity in Caracas is something to be aware of in this days. My suggestion is you go in the midst of the day, when there is a lot of people and avoid solitary areas.
Written October 21, 2019
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Jet816149
Cairo, Egypt24 contributions
Dec 2018 • Friends
Well, you could spend some time there during the day, but at night I would not dare to stay there. Especially alone!
Written December 3, 2018
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ronimex i
Hallandale Beach, FL53 contributions
Feb 2018 • Friends
Its nice plaza in the midle of Altamia upscale area of Caracas. Its nice to seat there and observe vicinity, all people pasding by to feel caracas life at daytime.
Written February 24, 2018
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vicentequintero
Caracas, Venezuela824 contributions
Dec 2017
Be careful here after 5 pm. Some guys robbed me here and Polichacao didn't care. It is such a pity because Chacao was really safe some years ago. Not anymore.

I understand that the whole city is unsafe, but this place is dark and people start to leave the place after 5 pm. Better to go there before 5 pm. Don't go there alone if it's dark!

I haven't been robbed in other popular destinations such as, Los Próceres, Las Mercedes, Boulevard of Sabana Grande, Mirador Valle Arriba, El Hatillo...
Written December 17, 2017
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profcarlosromero
Caracas, Venezuela2 contributions
Dec 2017 • Friends
the original name of "Plaza Altamira" was later changed due to an agreement between the cities of Caracas and Paris to have a 'Venezuela Square' in Paris and a 'France Square' in Caracas as a symbol of friendship between the two nations.
There are few things that you find most relaxing in Caracas than going there to enjoy a bench sitting with a ice-cream cone. It's an awesome place with some strange mixure of old building and tall ones. There are many cafés and restaurants nearby. Some children and adults go bicycle riding or rollerskating. It's located in the safest area of Caracas.
Written December 9, 2017
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GiampaoloRossiFedele
London, UK4 contributions
Mar 2017 • Friends
Around Altamira there is the business sector of Caracas and very good restaurants and cafes. Enjoyable.
Written March 22, 2017
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MarianaV1
Rotterdam, The Netherlands177 contributions
Mar 2017 • Friends
Tris is one of ny favorite places to ser the Ávila un Caracas. It is am amazing place with ole buildings and very close to great cafes and restaurants in Caracas
Written March 2, 2017
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takimoi
Caracas, Venezuela103 contributions
Dec 2016 • Family
It is a symbol of the old Caracas with beatifull arrangements, accomodations and safety(important today) and a cross road within the chacao area
Written February 14, 2017
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