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On the wall facing the Caribbean Sea, this church shows its age

Christ Church by the Sea

photos by Eric Jackson

Colon's Christ Church by the Sea, built for an original congregation largely composed of Americans working for the railroad and Britons in the shipping business, is the oldest standing Protestant church on the Meso-American mainland and the second oldest in all of Latin America. These days its congregation is largely composed of Panamanians of West Indian descent.




It's still one of Colon's most noteworthy landmarks



The view toward the south, where the altar is



On the northern end there is this cracked painted glass window



Some of the stained glass work is intricate, beautiful and well preserved



A different image from a different culture



And in the tower, the bells still work




Also in this section:
Panama Historical Society marks railroad's 150th birthday
A visit to Christ Church by the Sea
Panama's Girl Scout camp
Panama native named Washington prisons director


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