The Sanctuary of Christ the King (Portuguese: Santuário de Cristo Rei) is a Catholic monument and shrine dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ overlooking the city of Lisbon situated in Almada, in Portugal. It was inspired by the Christ the Redeemer statue of Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil, after the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon visited that monument. The project was inaugurated on 17 May 1959, while Portugal was ruled by the authoritarian President of the Council of Ministers António de Oliveira Salazar who gave his final permission for the project. The giant statue in cement was erected to express gratitude because the Portuguese were spared the effects of World War II.
The construction of the Christ the King monument was approved in a Portuguese Episcopate conference, held in Fátima on 20 April 1940, as a plea to God to release Portugal from entering World War II. However, the idea had originated earlier on a visit of the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro in 1934, soon after the inauguration of the statue of Christ the Redeemer in 1931.
|Monday||9:30 AM – 6:30 PM|
|Tuesday||9:30 AM – 6:30 PM|
|Wednesday||9:30 AM – 6:30 PM|
|Thursday||9:30 AM – 6:30 PM|
|Friday||9:30 AM – 6:30 PM|
|Saturday||9:30 AM – 6:30 PM|
|Sunday||9:30 AM – 6:30 PM|
Chateau Versailles | Jun 2, 2018
Easy access by car to visit this Huge monument of Christ. You can make your way easily to the top as there is an elevator (my dad is handicap). the sights are amazing. you can see Lisbon and the bridge and the boats on the water. It's an absolute must do when visiting this side of Portugal.
Carolina W | May 20, 2018
If you go to Lisbon I recommend you to not miss the Cristo Rei! It’s easy and cheap to go there, just catch the ferry and then bus 101, both the ferry and he bus take less than 10 minutes. The view is super beautiful and it’s a good spot to take photos of the bridge as well. You can go all the way up to the statue, it costs 5 euros and it’s 110 meters tall. There is also a little snack restaurant where you can buy a sandwich if you get hungry.
Soheil Jafari | May 2, 2018
Nice statute but difficult to access. You have to use ferry or bus to reach there . You can take a look at the other side of the beach but it is too far to have a good shot. Local ferries are usually available and buses are also frequent. But if your stay in Lisbon is short, I would not call it a must see in Lisbon.
Jonathan Torre | May 14, 2018
The statue itself is nice, but the trip here is what really makes it worth it. Take the ferry to Cocilhas from Lisbon, then walk ~30 minutes to reach the statue. Fascinating to see Brazil emulating one of their former colonies by building this. View from the top is exceptional.
Daniel Kastl | Jun 11, 2018
Really nice view! Although they won’t let you in after 18:30, even though you just want to enjoy the view.
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