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Panama City distinguishes itself from other Latin American cities with its modern city centre. But that doesn’t mean the city is devoid of history. On the other side of town lies the old district Casco Viejo, which was founded in 1671. Packed with cathedrals, museums, restaurants and jazz clubs, Casco Viejo is one of the most charming neighbourhoods of Panama City.
Plaza de la Francia is the perfect starting place to explore Casco Viejo. From the old city square you can see both the bay and the city skyline. The square and the obelisk were built as a tribute to the French contribution to the Panama Canal and in particular to the workers who died during its construction. Many workers succumbed to yellow fever and malaria. It may seem morbid but the former dungeons make for an interesting visit. Today, these accommodate shops and restaurants.