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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, Landmarks
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Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks
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  • English first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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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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12 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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16 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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177 helpful votes 177 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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Lynnwood, Washington, United States
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73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

This is a great church with a Black Christ inside. Well worth the visit an.d it is just down the hill from Capt Jacks

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Senior Contributor
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25 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Interesting story behind the history and continued observance during the festival, but for me, it was just a darker version of the same old thing. Not my scene.

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Omemee, Canada
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62 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

If you are a religious person, this church will probably hold some significance. It is very special to the people and their culture. It is a large church for the size of the community and this is because of the festival that is held there in October. The people dress the Christ in a different robe every year and the... More 

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