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Address: Town Square, Portobelo, Panama
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OK, but not much to see

Large old Catholic Cathedral, several statuary, including the "Black Christ" Good for about a 10 minute visit.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
Pedasi, Panama
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Austin, Texas
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 portobello. We bought one for $5 and the man graciously said now I can buy... More 

Thank Terri11556
Geneva, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 292 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 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 miss this very special place, in the middle of all the Spanish forts, with such... More 

Thank Swissdiver
South Miami, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 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 as you have to go up a few stairs to see the statue close up

Thank Scott W
Orange Park, Florida
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80 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 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 time.

Thank Arfilis
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143 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 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
Pedasi, Panama
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121 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Large old Catholic Cathedral, several statuary, including the "Black Christ" Good for about a 10 minute visit.

Thank PedasiPundit
Houston, Texas
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Interesting town. Has a tremendous history. From Drake's adventures in the Caribbean to the mystery of the Black Christ.

Thank matulevich
Orlando, FL
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67 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Portobelo does not have a tourist friendly feel but get over it! Get out of the car and check out the church. The black Christ level of bizarre-ness is only exceeded by the one in the casket below the statue. If you have an interest in the local Panamanian Molas embroidery, this is the place to buy it. The women... More 

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Chula Vista, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

If you are Catholic or like old architecture is a must. Very unique and should be appreciated! Old fort is quite close and El Castillo restaurant is 3 minutes away bay car. You can do all 3 in 2-3 hours, well worth it.

Deerfield Beach, Florida
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68 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

The church sits in the ruins of a fort from the 1500's in a sleepy little town. The church is dedicated to the Black Christ statue legend is that the locals found it in the ocean and brought it to shore which is still intact today.

Thank TheRevs02

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