Many of the miradouros in Lisbon look out over the Tagus. Next to the striking Ponte 25 de Abril, there is another eye catcher, but this time on the other side of the Tagus; the Christ statue Monumento Cristo Rei.
The statue dates back to the time when Portugal was still a dictatorship.
Built on behalf of Salazar
The dictator Salazar commissioned to build the high statue of 110 meters in 1950. The completion of the statue was in 1959. It is based on the famous statue Cristo Redentor in the Brazilian city of Rio De Janeiro. The Portuguese version is slightly smaller.
It was decided to build this statue in 1940, because it was meant as a prayer to God to not involve Portugal in the Second World War.
Climbing the monument
It is possible to get up on the statue, from the terrace you have a nice view over Lisbon. But you can also visit the monument inside. There is a chapel where you can pray and through the main building you will find paintings and other objects.
Are you planning on climbing the statue, make sure you bring coins with you. The counter where you can buy a ticket is not always open. The Pope smiles at you in a friendly way, but that doesn’t help you to get into the elevator that will take you to the observation deck in 2 minutes.
You can use the coins to buy a ticket at the ticket machines.
A ticket costs 6 euros for adults and 3 euros for children up to 5 years old can be taken along for free. This makes it an ideal outing to do with children.
Facilities at Cristo Rei
Next to the monument you will find toilets (which are reasonably clean and with a children’s toilet) and several eateries. I fyou drive or walk on the site and you see several buses full of (also) tourists. Don’t be afraid that you have to wait for hours, buy the ticket and take the elevator up (and down) goes pretty fast, within 5 minutes we were upstairs.
Religious music and zoom
There is a relaxed atmosphere on and around Cristo Rei. In the monument you can hear relief music, especially in the chapel. It brings a rest with it. As soon as you walk outside you get zen from the zoom of the cars that drive over Ponte 25 de Abril.
Great background noise to enjoy the beautiful works of art and the beautiful view over Lisbon.
Eating in the neighborhood
If you are in Almada and you want to have lunch, don’t miss Restaurante Ponto Final!
This restaurant is located on the banks of the Tagus, with the terrace on the quay, right next to the water. Prime location and great food! A 30 minutes walk from Cristo Rei.
Where to find Monumento Cristo Rei
Address: Santuário de Cristo Rei, Almada
Opening hours: Open from Monday to Friday: 9:00 a.m. am to 6:30 p.m.