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Black Christ

Address: Town Square, Portobelo, Panama
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Ranked #4 of 8 Attractions in Portobelo
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Monuments/ Statues, Sights & Landmarks
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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189 reviews 189 reviews
49 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Portobelo is an interesting place. It has much history, and this 'quaint' church contributes to its history/appeal. One visit, however, will suffice!

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Central America
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

The Black Christ was interesting to see but do not expect the 8th wonder of the world. After spending 10 minutes in the church you have seen everything. We spent about a week in Portobelo on our boat. It is a shame they do not do more with this town. It has such a history with Captain Morgan, Spain, British... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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81 reviews 81 reviews
19 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

The black Christ would not be an attraction in any other city than Portobelo. Although the church is lovely and the idea of a black Christ is special, it is hard to spend more than 5 minutes here. It is definitely not worth a drive to Portobelo.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

People buy necklaces with body parts on them and then hang them on a figurine of a black Jesus. The cathedral was impressive. Fresh coconut water across the street for $1.

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Melbourne, Florida
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I traveled by bus to Portobelo, changing buses at Sabanita, arrived 2+ hours later to find a run-down Little village. Walked the fascinating ruins of the Spanish fortress and toured the old custom house with nice museum, video in English, and ate at wonderful tiny restaurant owned by Senora Maria who cooked me a fabulous vegetarian meal. Look for blue... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Was amazed at the sheer size of this church. A must see in Portobelo. Be sure to take a look at the ruins both near the church, and get a water taxi to take you across the bay.

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Hartsville, South Carolina
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40 reviews 40 reviews
12 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Go check out the statue, notice the loving care of the craftsmanship of the carving, the clothing, the jewelry, and the decorations. The entire church is beautiful, despite the scruffiness of the surrounding neighborhood. Portobelo will be a hip retreat for the wealthy in 20-30 years; go check it out while it's still a little run-down and humble, like Christ... More 

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Quakertown, Pennsylvania
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Stopped by on our way to the beach. Was a wonderful pitstop and I'm glad to have spent about an hour at this location. We had a quasi-guide with us that explained the background.

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

Next to the remnants of the forts, the little church with the black Christ is a very interesting part of Portobelo. Go and have a look if you are in the neighborhood.

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Camarillo, California
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183 helpful votes 183 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

Great story behind this ancient church a the end of a long highway. We went as part of a tour that included the locks on the Panama Canal and included the historic town of Portobelo. The fortress and store house was of greater interest. The native Americans sell beautiful quilts and embroidery outside the church.

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