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Address: Town Square, Portobelo, Panama

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The Black Christ statue is most impressive because of its story. now housed in an open air church, it remains in portobelo because tales say boats that tried to steal it kept... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
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Leduc
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71 reviews 71 reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

The history behind the black christ is very interesting and the little church is quaint. That being said the town is a hole, open sewers going right into be bay from behind the houses, and don't even get me started on the poor dogs!!! There are the remains of an old fort there also sort of cool to walk through,... More 

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Pueblo, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

The Black Christ statue is most impressive because of its story. now housed in an open air church, it remains in portobelo because tales say boats that tried to steal it kept encountering horrible sea conditions and the statue always found its way back to shore. not much there but the statue and some local vendors peddling religious souvenirs but... More 

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Rehoboth, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

This was interesting and worth a visit if you are in Portobelo, but I'm not sure I'd call it an attraction and certainly wouldn't come to the area just to see this

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bradenton
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Must visit as only a few places to visit in town. Many restaurants available. The town is very safe.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Wasted three hours of my life. Portobello is a slum. Celebrity needs to eliminate this tour. Highly recommend the canal trip, very interesting.

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Beautiful cathedral. You can walk right in the side entrance and see the beautiful altar. Lovely and inspirational.

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

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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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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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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