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Statue of Christ the King - Monumento Cristo Rei - Lisbon

Christ the King Statue, Lisbon, Portugal, Front view

Monumento Cristo Rei is located atop a hill about 110 m height, on the southern bank of the river Tejo and can be seen from afar. Likeness of Jesus Christ statue in Rio de Janeiro is not accidental.

Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon saw the statue in Rio in 1934 in a visit to Brazil and then spread the idea of having a similar statue raised in Portugal. At a meeting held in 1940 in Fatima, Portugal priests made a vow to erect this statue of Christ, if Portugal will not be drawn into the Second World War. Lino Antonio architect, engineer Froncisco de Mello e Castro and Francisco Franco sculptor worked on this project.

The cornerstone was laid in 1949 and in 1959 the monument was officially inaugurated. Statue of Fatima miracle was transported here for the opening ceremony, and the Pope sent a recorded audio message.

The four arches of 82 meters high concrete pedestal of the statue of represents the four cardinal points, representing the universality of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. A small chapel is located at the base of the statue. The statue itself is 28 meters high and 1.89 meters measure the heart representation.

A lift is installed for the tourists climb up on a platform at the foot of the statue of Jesus, where you can enjoy a great view of Lisbon and its surroundings.

Address: Santuario Nacional do Cristo Rei, Alto do Prague, Almada

Transport: bus - line 101.

Hours: 9.30 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.

Ticket price: 2 €.