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Plaza de Francia

Plaza de Francia | Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
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Great experience!

We went took a tour to Old Panama and again amazing! Plaza de Francia and Plaza Bolivar date... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2017
Houston, Texas
Nice for a quick walk

After one checks the old casco and its churchs, one can head up here and find local souvenirs and... read more

Reviewed 29 August 2017
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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.
  • Excellent32%
  • Very good51%
  • Average16%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“french embassy” (15 reviews)
“casco viejo” (46 reviews)
“old town” (16 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Plaza de Francia | Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
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Reviewed 11 October 2017

We went took a tour to Old Panama and again amazing! Plaza de Francia and Plaza Bolivar date 1826-1926! The Panama people there know so much of their history. We stop and had a Panama BEER!

Thank bgraze1
Reviewed 29 August 2017

After one checks the old casco and its churchs, one can head up here and find local souvenirs and this plaza, which is not that great but yet another place to visit. There is a good view of the whole city

Thank AxCvMr
Reviewed 10 August 2017

Interesting place with historical value and when you go upstairs, you get very nice view of both old and new part of the city.

Thank Pavlína S
Reviewed 16 July 2017

We spent a couple of hours strolling round the old town and enjoyed the ambience here. We also watched the pelicans roosting in the nearby trees. Felt very safe

Thank Linda H
Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

No reason not to visit. The monument is in the Casco Viejo, Old Town area - just a few minutes walk from most of the other attractions, bars and restaurants. The upper walkway has a busy market with local handicrafts and offers a view out...More

Thank Mike T
Reviewed 14 July 2017

The French embassy is located here and there is a memorial to those French and the French engineer who first tried to build the Panama canal but were unsuccessful and went into bankruptcy. There are steps up where you can see spectacular views of the...More

Thank LBW52
Reviewed 17 June 2017

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 5 June 2017

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 23 May 2017

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 23 May 2017

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
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