On the square, 100m along the main road, beyond the Casa Real de la Aduana, the large, white Iglesia de San Felipe houses Panama’s most revered religious icon, the Cristo Negro, or Black Christ. Tucked away behind the church, a small museum (under restoration at the time of writing) exhibits an intriguing display of some of the opulent claret and purple robes donated each year to the Black Christ. Outside the church is the tiny Mercado San Felipe, a small cluster of stalls selling religious (often quite kitsch) paraphernalia, most of which depicts the image of El Cristo, and a variety of Panamanian artesanía.

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