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Address: Town Square, Portobelo, Panama
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OK, but not much to see

Large old Catholic Cathedral, several statuary, including the "Black Christ" Good for about a 10 minute visit.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
Pedasi, Panama
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English first
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126 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

Portobelo is UGLY and definitely a waste of your time . The church is soso and the statue soso+ but You are advised to spend your time doing something else.

Thank Russell M
Pedasi, Panama
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120 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Large old Catholic Cathedral, several statuary, including the "Black Christ" Good for about a 10 minute visit.

Thank PedasiPundit
Houston, Texas
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Interesting town. Has a tremendous history. From Drake's adventures in the Caribbean to the mystery of the Black Christ.

Thank matulevich
Orlando, FL
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63 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Portobelo does not have a tourist friendly feel but get over it! Get out of the car and check out the church. The black Christ level of bizarre-ness is only exceeded by the one in the casket below the statue. If you have an interest in the local Panamanian Molas embroidery, this is the place to buy it. The women... More 

Thank likeparty
Chula Vista, California
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180 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

If you are Catholic or like old architecture is a must. Very unique and should be appreciated! Old fort is quite close and El Castillo restaurant is 3 minutes away bay car. You can do all 3 in 2-3 hours, well worth it.

Deerfield Beach, Florida
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65 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

The church sits in the ruins of a fort from the 1500's in a sleepy little town. The church is dedicated to the Black Christ statue legend is that the locals found it in the ocean and brought it to shore which is still intact today.

Thank TheRevs02
Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

No information about the site was available there. Our driver knew a little bit about the Jesus Christo Negro, but there was no one else to answer questions. Grounds are filthy and vultures sit eveywhere...at least they do help with keeping dead things cleaned up! Allow 10 - 15 minutes to see this.

Thank Nana4924
Austin, Texas
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21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Visited the church with the Black Christ. Very historic and beautiful. BUT, the town of Portobelo has trash everywhere and so many starving dogs that it will break your heart!

Thank LibbyTX
San Diego, California
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

What can I say? An old icon in an old, teeny backwater town that time has pretty much forgotten. The clothes are gorgeous, and the church is pretty impressive for such a small town - large and open all the time. It is more memorable for the picture it paints of the town and the culture than for the statue... More 

Thank POnamu
Coquitlam, Canada
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

The story of the black Christ was quite interesting - only need 10 minutes to see this attraction. The church is larger than I expected with stain glass windows and many saints to see.

Thank Lucy L

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