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“nice site within casco antigo”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Plaza de Francia

Plaza de Francia
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US$148.00*
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Luxury Half Day Panama Canal and City Tour
Ranked #18 of 170 things to do in Panama City
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
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.
Scarborough, Tobago
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“nice site within casco antigo”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2013

its a nice look over the see and it has a lot of history from the french presence in Panama. you only need 20 mins or so there. There is a walk way where you get get some souveniers at a bargain price.

Visited July 2013
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“Beautiful place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2013

Visited on Sunday afternoon. Lots of colorful vendors and some street performers. Great view of city skyline.

Visited August 2013
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Fairfield, California
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“vendors galore”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2013

the view was terrific,from the Bridge of the Americas to the Causeway down to the City skyline(Marbella area).the French Embassy building looked pretty distinctive & the narrow streets with its' restored colonial structures gave the area a very European ambience. what spoiled it all was the presence of numerous vendors plus the litter that they generated.

Visited July 2013
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Princeton Junction, New Jersey
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“Nice views, plaza in good condition”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2013

Worth seeing. It is a matter of personal preference whether you like this plaza better than, say plaza Bolivar, but worth the visit. Many of the outdoor craft stalls have apparently moved here from Plaza Catedral.

Visited July 2013
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“Beautiful memorial to the French workers on the canal”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2013

This area is a beautiful monument in honor of the French who died while constructing the Panama canal. It is a relaxing plaza with wonderful sculptures, booths offering local crafts and even a unique restaurant called Las Bovedas (the dungeons). It's a must see on the walking tour of Casco Viejo.

Visited June 2013
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