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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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Part ofQuarter the French

I thought this was a neat place to visit. Very good views of the city from the upper wall. Down below and just to the right are several places to eat and have a beer.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Ravenna, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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. Also the location, in Casco Antiguo, is very well chosen, away from traffic and crowds.

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The Woodlands, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a historic place in Panama. Paying homage to the original canal company which was French. There is live music, art vendors and awesome views of the Pacific coast.

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Manila, Philippines
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The plaza is located within the old town. Good for morning walks, can be very hot during the afternoon, however you get the beautiful sea views from the site, overlooking the busy metropolis ~

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Tubac, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I thought this was a neat place to visit. Very good views of the city from the upper wall. Down below and just to the right are several places to eat and have a beer.

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Frisco, texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited in the evening/night, and the area was mostly deserted, but safe. Waling along the outer wall gave us a great night time view of the Panama City skyline. there appeared to be lots of stalls for selling tourist trinkets, but they were closed at night.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This area has a lot to explore and a lot of photo opportunities. The plaza and monuments are interesting. Take a walk up above to see beautiful views and to find more excellent photo opportunities as well as crafts and vendors. We found a shady spot with a breeze to sit and watch people pass by. Definitely worth a visit!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

my trip was wonderful to the Casco Viejo remembering a place like this is magic hard to forget let visit again

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

As Lonely Planet states in page 48 of their Panama guidebook, " plaza pays homage to the French role in the construction of the canal ". Some statues, busts, and plaques. But also a good place to stop & rest on a walking loop through Old Town if yoy can find a bench in the shade.

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Panama City, Panama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

Its a nice colonial style area that is part of the old city with handful of hand craft kiosks all over the place.

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Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

Our guide, Kevin, knew the secrets of the area. If we hadn't been with him, we would have had a so-so experience. He pointed out the secrets which helped to explain the history of the area. No, I won't tell!

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