Portobelo and the Historical Cristo Negro

A must see in Panama is Portobelo … Rene can take you there and explain all of the history!  During his last visit there, he made the following video walking through the church that houses the Cristo Negro.

About Portobelo

From Wikipedia, Portobelo (historically Porto Bello in English) is a port city and corregimiento in Portobelo District, Colón Province, Panama, with a population of 4,559 as of 2010. Established during the Spanish colonial period, it functions as the seat of Portobelo District. Located on the northern part of the Isthmus of Panama, it has a deep natural harbor and served as a center for silver exporting before the mid-eighteenth century and its destruction in 1739 during the War of Jenkins’ Ear.

It slowly rebuilt and the city’s economy revived briefly in the late-nineteenth century during construction of the Panama Canal. In 1980, UNESCO designated the ruins of the Spanish colonial fortifications, along with nearby Fort San Lorenzo, as a World Heritage Site named Fortifications on the Caribbean Side of Panama: Portobelo-San Lorenzo.

Portobelo is also the home of the Cristo Negro, a wooden statue of Jesus Christ in Iglesia de San Felipe, a Roman Catholic parish church.

History is everywhere in Portobelo as you can see in the following pictures.