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Address: Town Square, Portobelo, Panama

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Living in Panama City, we went to Portobelo quite often and visited the Black Christ a few times. It is well-maintained and you can light your candle at the bottom. There a few... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Laura L
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Panama City, Panama
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Panama City, Panama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Living in Panama City, we went to Portobelo quite often and visited the Black Christ a few times. It is well-maintained and you can light your candle at the bottom. There a few interesting stories behind why this Black Christ is in Portobelo, and it is worth to see it in person.

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Greenwich, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

church very well kept vendors very respectful people dont speak english but not a big problem people plenty of places to eat on street food good

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Miami, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

This is a famous landmark in Panama. I was not touched as many are when visiting. You will see bus loads of students visiting the Church of the Black Christ. The church is old and very simple. Please note shorts and tank tops are not allowed in the church.

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California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 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 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 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 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 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 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 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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Miami
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 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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