"Cristo Rei" Santuário Nacional de Cristo Rei Tip by Birsen

  Cristo Rei
by Birsen

Cristo-Rei (Christ the King) is a Catholic monument overlooking Lisbon, capital of Portugal. It was inspired by the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and inaugurated on May 17, 1959. In that time Portugal was being ruled by the dictator António de Oliveira Salazar, and it was by his command that the Cristo-Rei was built.

The monument was built on the left-bank of the Tagus river, facing Lisbon on the other bank. Its location is at coordinates 38ş40'43" N 9ş10'17" W, in the municipality of Almada.

The base of the monument, by architect António Lino, is in the form of a gate, standing 75 m (246 ft) tall. At the top is a statue of Christ the Redeemer, designed by sculptor Francisco Franco de Sousa, 28 m (92 ft)-tall. At the base of the statue is an observation deck (altitude: 184 m / 604 ft) providing panoramic views of Lisbon and of the 25 de Abril Bridge, which is located to its immediate left.

Admission 5?

Great views of the city and 25 of April Bridge.

How to go: Cais de Sodre metro station and get off there walk to the sea side. Take the boat from Cais de Sodre port to Cachilas ( it is very often every 15 min.) cost is 0.75 cent one way. It takes approx. 15 min to cross the river. Take the bus 101 to Cristo Rei (last stop). every 20 min. (weekdays) 1.20 ? (10 min. drive)

On the way back there is an alternative way to go back to the city by train which passes under the 25 of April Bridge but we didn't do that. The boat trip was very easy for us.

Address: Alto do Pragal, Av. Cristo Rei, 2800-058 Almada
Directions: Location: Cachilas, the other side of Tagus river and crossing point with 25 of April Bridge.
Phone: +351 21 275 1000
Website: http://www.cristorei.pt/default.aspx?langid=2

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 3, 2007
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