Statue of Christ the King (Monumento Cristo Rei) Lisbon - details and images
Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon saw the statue in Rio in 1934 on a visit to Brazil and then spread the idea of having a similar statue erected 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 sculptor Francisco Franco worked on this project.
The cornerstone was laid in 1949 and in 1959 the monument was inaugurated officially. Miracle of Fatima statue was transported here to the inauguration ceremony, and the Pope sent a recorded audio message.
The four arches of 82 meters high concrete pedestal of the statue representing the four cardinal points, thus symbolizing 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 tall and measures 1.89 meters in the heart representation.
A lift is installed for the tourists climb up on a platform at the foot 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 am - 6.00 pm
Ticket price: 2 €.
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