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Address: Town Square, Portobelo, Panama

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Iglesia de San Felip

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... read more

Reviewed 15 May 2016
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south wales
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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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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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Brisbane, Queensland
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Reviewed 15 May 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 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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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 10 January 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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Geneva, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 329 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2016

Went to Portobello essentially to scuba dive. In the middle of this village is this large church, open to the people. And inside it is this Black Christ. Wonderful! If you happen to be in the area (Colon is only about 1 hour away), don't miss this very special place, in the middle of all the Spanish forts, with such... More 

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South Miami, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2015

This is one of the holiest places in Panama and there are pilgrims who come at all times to visit this statue. It is in excellent condition in a simple church in town. Votive candles can be purchased close by. A small queue is possible as you have to go up a few stairs to see the statue close up

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Orange Park, Florida
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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 time.

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Lima, Peru
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Reviewed 23 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.

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