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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...More
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...More
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.
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...More
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...More
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...More