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Black Christ

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Address: Town Square, Portobelo, Panama

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unique story

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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Pueblo, Colorado
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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57 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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8 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
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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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
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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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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69 helpful votes 69 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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