Plaza de Francia (I)
Photo of France Plaza in Panama City's Old Quarter.
France Plaza, created on Chiriqui Point in memory of the failed attempt by the French to construct the canal, is semicircular and more or less Neo-renaissance, with an obelisk in the centre, arches and columns of somewhat heavy proportions and a concrete roof with exposed beams. For this plaza, designed by the architect Leonardo Villanueva Meyer and built in 1921-22, the iconographic programme is based on five busts, with Fernidand de Lesseps in the highest position at the centre; the other four are Leon Boyer, Lucien Bonaparte Wyse, Armand Réclus and the Panamanian engineer Pedro J. Sosa. Under the arcade there are explanatory panels with high-flown texts by Octavio Méndez Pereira.
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