Plaza de Francia (I)

Posted by Alfredo J. Martiz J. (Panama City, Panama) on 6 January 2008 in Cityscape & Urban.

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.
Reference: El Casco Antiguo de la Ciudad de Panamá. Authors: Eduardo Tejeira Davis, Vanessa Spadafora.

Casco Viejo, Panama City. February 1st, 2006

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Nikon D70
1/320 second
ISO 200
37 mm (35mm equiv.)


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