The giant statue of Cristo Rei (Christ the King), a slightly smaller replica of the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, was erected in 1959 in thanks to God for sparing Portugal during the Second World War. It is considered a national monument.
The Cristo Rei monument was built on the left-bank of the Tagus River, facing Lisbon on the other bank. Its located in the city of Almada, Lisbon Region.
From the pedestal supporting the 28m statue (access by lift, then 74 steps), which is 85m from the ground and 113m above the Tagus River, the panoramic view is magnificent, encompassing the estuary, the 25 de Abril Bridge and the city of Lisbon , with its typical neighbourhoods and historical monuments, such as the Belem Tower, the Valley of Alcântara, the St. George’s Castle, the Vasco da Gama Bridge, etc.
From the terrace you can see the Arrabida Mountains and the Palmela Castle and, in a clear day you can still see the Sintra Mountains and the zone of the Sanctuary os Cabo Espichel, Sesimbra.
From Lisbon, the Cristo Rei is accessible by car through 25 de Abril Bridge, by train from the Pragal Station and by Cacilheiro, the famous boat that connects Cais do Sodré to Cacilhas.