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Plaza de Francia

Plaza de Francia | Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
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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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Plaza de Francia | Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
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Reviewed 6 days ago

If you are Spanish speaking and or Spanish reading you can read all about the French connection and story of the Panama Canal at this monument. You can also walk around the other side for market stalls. No need to stay, but enjoy the views...More

Thank GlobalStaci
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have spent a couple days in Panama by now you have realized that almost every tourist stop contains some sort of history related to the Canal. The Plaza de Francia is no different. If you make it to Casco Viejo, you should see...More

Thank mcochrun
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is a lot of history in this plaza. There is a sun dial with a rooster on top near the stairs to the walkway by the water. There is a tree in the square that has many species of birds in it (we counted...More

Thank Travelbug13Canada
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not especially interesting , unless you are interested in Canals. Lessens ,a Frenchman was the engineer and there is a Statue dedicated to him. There is also a Statue to Finlay, who discovered the link between mosquitoes and the way they could spread disease ....More

Thank cynthiarob
Reviewed 27 April 2017

Great plaza Memorial dedicated to all the key leaders that brought the Panama Canal to reality. Each monument depicts the leader and each one has a story that made Panama what it is today.

Thank Michele O
Reviewed 13 April 2017

The area is nice surrounding the plaza. If you want an insight to a part of history then go. There is restaurants nearby and shopping. Close to the water so it make a great stop over.

Thank SaltLife70
Reviewed 10 April 2017

If you're in Casco Viejo, you'll probably walk to or by this place. It's worth the time to visit and read about past Panama. Be sure to visit the vendors on the back side at the top of the stairs and you'll love the view...More

Thank Richard S
Reviewed 5 April 2017

Part of the Casco Viejo area, this is a nice place to stroll around and learn a little about the history of the area. There are usually guides that will share the necessary information (for a fee, of course) but the view is stupendous. You...More

Thank Manuelq57
Reviewed 31 March 2017

The Plaza de Francia was originally the barracks of the Spanish Garrison which was converted to a monument in 1920 to honor the french who died in their failed attempt to build a canal.It sist at one end of the old town and is reasonably...More

Thank Oldjack
Reviewed 25 March 2017

Very interesting. I never thought that the Panamians dedicated such a fine monument to the French, which failed making up the canal, and caused more than 20'000 deaths among the workers. I found this monument one of the best made and kept up in Panama....More

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Are there any Restaurants and Cafes in Plaza Francia?
6 June 2015|
Response from juan v | Reviewed this property |
yes. restaurante Dodo. exelent
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