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An Important part of Portobelo Culture

If you are in Portobelo, stop by and see the Black Christ. The church is unassuming and provides a... read more

Reviewed 14 December 2015
Orange Park, Florida
A waste of time

Portobelo is UGLY and definitely a waste of your time . The church is soso and the statue soso+ but... read more

Reviewed 22 October 2015
Lima, Peru
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Town Square, Portobelo, Panama
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Reviewed 14 December 2015

If you are in Portobelo, stop by and see the Black Christ. The church is unassuming and provides a nice, quite respite from searing heat. There is a large festival in late October, so be warned the roads and town will be crowed during that...More

Thank Arfilis
Reviewed 22 October 2015 via mobile

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.

Reviewed 21 August 2015

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

Thank mikkelmoller
Reviewed 8 August 2015

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

Thank matulevich
Reviewed 5 August 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...More

1  Thank likeparty
Reviewed 23 July 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.

Reviewed 23 June 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...More

Thank TheRevs02
Reviewed 10 June 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!...More

Thank Nana4924
Reviewed 1 June 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
Reviewed 17 May 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...More

Thank POnamu
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