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“Nice stroll”
Review of Plaza de Francia

Plaza de Francia
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Luxury Half Day Panama Canal and City Tour
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Luxury Full Day Panama Canal and City Tour
Ranked #18 of 174 things to do in Panama City
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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.
Tampa, Florida
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Nice stroll”
Reviewed September 20, 2012

The "Casco Viejo" is currently under much needed repair, but there are many restaurants and shops that make the trip worthwhile. La Plaza de Francia is a historical site that retains much of its charm. Don't miss the National Cathedral Plaza. Great photo opportunities throughout the area.

Visited September 2012
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Brownsville, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“A fascinating place to take a leasurely stroll”
Reviewed August 26, 2012

Take the time to walk around the Plaza de Francia. The cultural center and historic artwork on the walls there together with the written history is interesting. Usually some Kuna villagers selling their handicrafts as well.

Visited July 2012
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Ridgewood, New Jersey
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1,543 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,684 helpful votes
“Beautiful and quiet”
Reviewed August 9, 2012

This is a quiet corner of the Old City in front of the French Embassy, sporting a monument to Ferdinand De Lessups, an unsung hero of the Panama Canal story. Nothing much to see here, but it's a nice use of urban plaza space.

Visited December 2011
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Antwerp, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“It's beautiful.”
Reviewed June 1, 2012

All the couples go there to make photoshoots for themselves. In the morning the waves are far from the shore, and in the afternoon they go near from it, it's amazing. The architecture of the buildings is French, and under the bridge of this French square is the story of our country. I really love it.

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