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Santuario de Cristo Rei, Portugal

From series “The Most Grandiose Statues and Monuments”
Year: 1959. Height: 103 meters.

The Christ the King or Cristo Rei situated in Almada, Portugal, is amazing too. This sculpture of Jesus Christ has a rather unique design. The main part of the portico is 75 meters high. The statue itself is 28 meters high, so the total height of the sculpture is 103 meters. The opening of the monument took place in 1959. Its construction took 10 years.

Santuario de Cristo Rei, Portugal The history of the sculpture is quite interesting. The decision to erect the monument was taken in 1940. The statue had to protect Portugal from involvement into World War II. It has been decided to build a monument at people’s expenses. Despite of initial plans, construction of the statue was started in 1949. It's noteworthy that the funds for construction were donated mostly by women. Portugal didn't participate in the hostilities, so women gladly gave a donation for the fact that God had saved their husbands and sons from a bloody war.

Many pilgrims seek to visit the famous statue of Christ the King on June, 8. On this day, the important religious shrine, the relics of Sacred Heart, is put at the foot of the statue every year. It is also worth noting that the sculpture is located on a small hill at 113 meters above sea level. The statue is equipped with a great viewing platform allowing to admire the nice views of the Tagus River and mountainous areas. Many experienced tourists tend to visit the tourist attraction in the evening. After dark, the monument is illuminated with amazing lighting system. Next - Motherland Calls Sculpture

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ATM bankomat: 'MIRATEJO' located in 3.92 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'CosyPortugal' is located in 4.37 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Repsol' in 0.61 km
Supermarket: 'Luis Filipe Silva Ferreira' in 0.47 km
Parking: 'Ciclística' in 1.38 km
Apotheek: 'FARMÁCIA CRISTO REI' in 0.48 km
Police station: 'GNR - Posto Territorial de Almada' in 1.61 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'A Rampa do Pragal' in 0.39 km
Railway station: 'Pragal' in 1.55 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Portela Airport LIS - in 10 km
 »  Coimbra Airport CBP - in 175 km
 »  Portimao Airport PRM - in 177 km
 »  Talavera La Real Airport BJZ - in 205 km
 »  Faro Airport FAO - in 212 km
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Best hotels near Santuario de Cristo Rei

Lisboa Almada Hotel

Located in 0 km from Santuario de Cristo Rei
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Rooms: 106
The rooms at the Lisboa Almada Hotel have an LCD TV with cable channels, a work desk and air conditioning. The hotel has 2 restaurants available for … More: photo, rates and booking
Travessa do Escaleres

Located in 2 km from Santuario de Cristo Rei
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Rooms: 1
In the kitchen there are 4 hotplates, oven, dishwasher and an electric coffee machine. From the apartment there is a view of the city In the area … More: photo, rates and booking
Wallis Apartments

Located in 3 km from Santuario de Cristo Rei
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Rooms: 6
This air-conditioned apartment comes with 1 double bed and 1 sofa bed. It includes a living area with sofas, flat-screen cable TV and a private … More: photo, rates and booking
Travel and Tales Príncipe Real Apartments

Located in 4 km from Santuario de Cristo Rei
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Rooms: 2
All the heated apartments in the Travel and Tales feature a private bathroom with a hairdryer and free toiletries. The accommodation features a … More: photo, rates and booking

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Centro Colombo
8 km - Centro Colombo
Centro Colombo (shopping center) building is located in Lisbon. It is also a striking example of the postmodern style. This shopping complex is the largest in the Iberian Peninsula. It is one of the largest shopping centers in Europe. 440 stores are available to …
Lisbon Oceanarium
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There is a magnificent aquarium in the Parque das Nacoes in Lisbon, which is also one of the largest and most visited in Europe. An arrangement of the oceanarium is very amazing. It is equipped with five large aquariums, each of which represents a collection of one of …
Ponte Vasco da Gama
14 km - Ponte Vasco da Gama
The longest bridge in Europe is located in Lisbon and was named to honor the excellent navigator Vasco da Gama. The length of the bridge is 17.2 km. The bridge over the Tajo River was opened in 1998 and is characterized by the incredibly harmonious shape. The bridge …
Palacio Nacional da Pena
22 km - Palacio Nacional da Pena
The National Palace Pena in Portugal is the landmark of the importance of the state. The palace is located in the surroundings of the city of Sintra and was built on the top of the steep rock in 1840. From the outside, the palace is a typical medieval castle, although …
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Top destination around Santuario de Cristo Rei - Lisbon

A regular walk in a park can safely be replaced by a walk through Prazeres Cemetery, which is a “city within the city” with its streets and attractions in the form of beautifully decorated tombstones and crypts. Those who still prefer walking in parks will certainly find some beautiful scenic spots in Lisbon - a garden of the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Parque Eduardo VII, as well as Jardim Botânico d'Ajuda. The latter is located on the territory of the Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, a magnificent building rising on the site of a royal palace destroyed by the 1755 earthquake. The ruined building was erected in the Baroque style, and the present one was completed in 1802 in the Neoclassic style. The building became the permanent residence of the Portuguese monarchs again only in 1861 when the interior was completely restored.

A vivid Portuguese Baroque masterpiece is the Panteão Nacional built in 1682. Many prominent figures of the country such as presidents and writers are buried here today. Formerly, until 1966, the building was a church. The Palácio Chiado dating back to 1781 was once a magnificent palace. Today, it houses a fine restaurant, the dream of any history buff. Sitting here, one can get an idea of how noble parties were organized and things were done here in the old days. One of the most prestigious theaters in Portugal is the Teatro Nacional Dona Maria II. Foreign ambassadors had lived here in the 15th century and inquisitors in the 16th century, until the 1836 fire have almost completely destroyed the building. Later, it was decided to build a theater on its site.
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