Originally part of Panama City's defense against pirate attacks, this colonial-era stone promenade and seawall stretches several blocks, from the Antigo Club Union to the Plaza Francia (French Plaza). Abandoned for centuries, Las Bóvedas refers to the chambers and jail cells that form part of the structure. These vaults were restored in the 1980s and now contain several posh shops and cafés. Sidewalk vendors, including Kuna Yala women selling molas, are everywhere here. The Instituto Nacional de Cultura occasionally holds art exhibits and special events in two of the restored chambers.