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Black Christ

Town Square, Portobelo, Panama
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Interesting to visit if in the area but not worth a special trip. Think the church is of... read more

Reviewed 16 June 2016
south wales
Interesting church with history

It is hard to miss while exploring the tiny but charming Portobelo city center. History of this... read more

Reviewed 31 May 2016
New York City, New York
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Town Square, Portobelo, Panama
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Reviewed 16 June 2016

Interesting to visit if in the area but not worth a special trip. Think the church is of significant value to the township and statues quite different to others in churches elsewhere.

Thank minseee
Reviewed 31 May 2016

It is hard to miss while exploring the tiny but charming Portobelo city center. History of this church and it's significance is quite interesting too.

Thank ParisTravels2014
Reviewed 30 May 2016

An interesting cultural site in an area not overrun with tourists. Visit if your in the area but not worth a special trip.

Thank miamiboatman
Reviewed 14 May 2016

This little church in Portobelo houses the Black Christ, which at first, being a WASP, I found unusual. However, as i traveled around Latin America, I discovered other images of the Black Christ (eg, Mexico City), so it's not so unusual in this part of...More

Thank seagullrob
Reviewed 20 April 2016

It's not the fanciest tourist destination, but given that this is the destination of a real pilgrimage every year, it really tickled my fancy to visit. Enjoyed the "touristy" booths outside the church too.

1  Thank OliverEdwards
Reviewed 10 January 2016 via mobile

I went to scuba and they drove us by on the way back. It's a pretty church. The nearby town and streets are in a very poor economic area. Someone was selling pictures made out of a shell, coconut and wood that said I love...More

Thank Terri11556
Reviewed 7 January 2016

Went to Portobello essentially to scuba dive. In the middle of this village is this large church, open to the people. And inside it is this Black Christ. Wonderful! If you happen to be in the area (Colon is only about 1 hour away), don't...More

1  Thank Swissdiver
Reviewed 28 December 2015

This is one of the holiest places in Panama and there are pilgrims who come at all times to visit this statue. It is in excellent condition in a simple church in town. Votive candles can be purchased close by. A small queue is possible...More

Thank Scott W
Reviewed 14 December 2015

If you are in Portobelo, stop by and see the Black Christ. The church is unassuming and provides a nice, quite respite from searing heat. There is a large festival in late October, so be warned the roads and town will be crowed during that...More

Thank Arfilis
Reviewed 22 October 2015 via mobile

Portobelo is UGLY and definitely a waste of your time . The church is soso and the statue soso+ but You are advised to spend your time doing something else.

Thank Russell M
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We are thinking of taking a ship's tour to Gatun Locks and Portebelo. Wondering what the trip would be like from Colon pier to Portebelo. More interested in seeing some of the area than Portebelo itself. Thanks.
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