Plaza de Francia, Panama City

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Shaded by flame trees adorned with bright-orange blossoms, Plaza de Francia pays homage to French workers who died from yellow fever and malaria during the construction of the canal. A statue of one of Panama's founding fathers and presidents greats you at the front of the plaza. Walk to the obelisk topped by a rooster at the end of the plaza, and see marble plaques and statues, which recount the arduous task of the 22,000 workers. Look for the statue of Carlos J.Finlay, a Cuban doctor whose discovery helped eradicate the yellow fever, across from the French Embassy among the busts of French lieutenants. The former Spanish dungeons, which line the side of the plaza, today house upscale art galleries and shops. An elevated walk atop the old fortification walls offers views of the ocean. Plan trip to Panama City with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • The warm lights cast upon this square at night give the whole ensemble a mirific glow. It is beautiful and ladden with monuments and history of Panama. Definitelly one spot to visit while in the...  more »
  • This rotunda is a memorial to the founders of Panama, but is very badly in need of restoration. The rotunda in Guayaquil Ecuador is an example of good maintenance and pride in civic monuments. Panama....  more »
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