Cristo Rei - Lisbon
Cristo Rei -
Santuário de Cristo Rei
With its more than 28 meters high, Cristo Rey de Lisboa (Cristo Rei) welcomes us into the city with open arms and reminds us, inevitably, of the emblematic Christ the Redeemer of Rio de Janeiro. In fact, it was created inspired by it and not the other way around, contrary to what many people think.
The origin of this construction dates back to 1934 when the then Cardinal of Lisbon travelled to Rio de Janeiro and was so shocked by the Christ the Redeemer that on his return to Portugal he began to raise funds to erect in Lisbon a similar monument, the Cristo Rey. It was not until the late fifties that the work was completed, which symbolizes peace and gratitude to God for having kept Portugal away from the ravages of World War II.
The Cristo Rey would finally be sculpted on the estuary of the Tagus, in the town of Almada, by Francisco Franco de Sousa. Its four pillars represent the cardinal points and its interior houses the Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Paz and an elevator that allows us to climb to the viewpoint to contemplate a wonderful panoramic view of the 25 de Abril bridge and Lisbon, with a range of up to 20 km.
In 2007 the so-called High Cross was placed in front of the monument, coming from the Sanctuary of Fatima. It currently has a hostel for pilgrims, several conference rooms and a cafeteria where visitors can stop to rest.
Address: Alto do Pragal Almada, 28, Lisbon.
Entrance Fee - Adult 5€ Child Free
Food - No - Near By
By boat from Cais do Sodré to Cacilhas, take bus 101 (Cristo Rei stop).
Car Park - Free
2800-058 Almada, Portugal