We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Black Christ

Town Square, Portobelo, Panama
Improve this listing
Ranked #4 of 7 attractions in Portobelo
Type: Monuments/ Statues
15 visitor photos
Write a Review

22 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    12
    8
    2
    0
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Dallas, Texas
Senior Reviewer
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hartsville, South Carolina
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Quakertown, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Senior Reviewer
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Camarillo, California
Top Contributor
315 reviews 315 reviews
140 attraction reviews
161 helpful votes 161 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Lynnwood, Washington, United States
Top Contributor
98 reviews 98 reviews
60 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Philly
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
25 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Omemee, Canada
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
41 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Lafayette, Louisiana
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

The visit to the church of The Black Christ reminded us fondly of our experiences in Cuba with some of the Catholic and Santeria traditions there.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
34 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

I stopped here on my way from the fort and this is a beautiful church with a lot of history. I had never heard of the church or Black Christ before so it was very interesting. Anyone in the area should not miss this church.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Black Christ also viewed

 
Portobelo, Colon Province
 

Been to Black Christ? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Black Christ, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing