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Address: Town Square, Portobelo, Panama

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Nice to see when in the area.

There are a lot of stories attached to the Black Christ and it's well worth stopping at the church to view. I don't think I'd personally drive all the way to Portobelo to see it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2016
Michael D
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Bokeelia, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The church is lovely and peaceful. We visited it on our recent family trip to Panama. We sat at the church for a little while, admiring the history behind it. The statue of the Black Christ is well decorated. It helps to have read up a little on the legend behind the Black Christ statue, it made the visit more... More 

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Bokeelia, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

There are a lot of stories attached to the Black Christ and it's well worth stopping at the church to view. I don't think I'd personally drive all the way to Portobelo to see it, but some believers go to extensive efforts to show their respects... even crawling on their knees through town to the church. The church is not... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

If you are in Portobelo it's a must see. Weirded out by the life size Christ in the casket ... Beautiful friendly church

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Katonah, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

The church is lovely in and of itself but the statute is amazing and very moving - his robe had lots of trinkets hanging off of it - many were religious medals but there was also a VW beetle, a gold bracelet and other interesting things so look closely. Consider making a donation because they are in the process of... More 

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south wales
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

Interesting to visit if in the area but not worth a special trip. Think the church is of significant value to the township and statues quite different to others in churches elsewhere.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

It is hard to miss while exploring the tiny but charming Portobelo city center. History of this church and it's significance is quite interesting too.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

An interesting cultural site in an area not overrun with tourists. Visit if your in the area but not worth a special trip.

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Brisbane, Queensland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

This little church in Portobelo houses the Black Christ, which at first, being a WASP, I found unusual. However, as i traveled around Latin America, I discovered other images of the Black Christ (eg, Mexico City), so it's not so unusual in this part of the world afterall. Still, it is a bit of a novelty, and as Portobelo doesn't... More 

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Bow Island, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

It's not the fanciest tourist destination, but given that this is the destination of a real pilgrimage every year, it really tickled my fancy to visit. Enjoyed the "touristy" booths outside the church too.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2016 via mobile

I went to scuba and they drove us by on the way back. It's a pretty church. The nearby town and streets are in a very poor economic area. Someone was selling pictures made out of a shell, coconut and wood that said I love portobello. We bought one for $5 and the man graciously said now I can buy... More 

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