The arched chambers in the wall on the eastern side of Plaza Francia, which originally formed part of the city's battlements, served various purposes during the colonial era, from storage chambers to dungeons. Dating from the late 1600s, when the city was relocated to what is now Casco Viejo, the Bóvedas were abandoned for centuries. In the 1980s the Panama Tourist Board initiated the renovation of the cells, two of which are used by the Instituto Nacional de Cultura
for ocassional art exhibits. Three cells hold a French restaurant called Las Bóvedas, which also has tables on the plaza where you can enjoy drinks in the afternoon, or evening.
Plaza Francia, Calle 1, Panama City, Panama