The Cristo Rei statue is an impressive monument located in the nearby city of Lisbon, Almada which, at a height of 110 meters, overlooks Lisbon from one end of the 25 de Abril Bridge (where Lisbon is reachable by car). The statue measures approximately 18 meters, while the rest of the height is granted by the pedestal (82 meters). This catholic monument was built in 1959 (10 years after the beginning of the works) as a thank God for housing Portugal during the Second World War, being dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ.
The statue proper, which renders Jesus with his wide stretched arms, was designed by Francisco Franco de Sousa, being inspired by the similar monument to Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. The base of the monument was constructed by Antonio Lino, and from the foot of the statue, on top of the pedestal, visitors can admire the panoramic view of the city of Lisbon, of the Tagus River and of the 25 de Abril Bridge. Inside the monument, there are two chapels which shelter the relics of sundry saints. The chapels are also opened to visits.
All in all, Christ the King statue is one of the best lookouts not to be missed out by tourists who want to admire Lisbon at a glimpse.
On winters – 9:30 to 18:15 (last entry at 18:00)
On summers on weekdays: from 9:30 to 18:30 (last entry at 18:15)
On summers on weekend: from 9:30 to 19:00 (last entry at 18:45)
How to Get There
Travel to the statue requires a short ferry and bus ride, but the total travel time is less than an hour. The ferry departs from the Cais do Sodré train station and metro station (last station of the green metro line). There are approximately three ferry departures per hour, with many more at rush hour. The ferry ride is 15 minutes and ends at Cacilhas terminal.
From the ferry terminal cross over to the connected bus station and catch the 101 bus. The regular bus service departs on the hour and 30 minutes past the hour between 9:00 and 18:00 every day. The bus 101 bus takes 20 minutes and terminates at the entrance to the Cristo Rei statue.
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