The monument consists of a trapezoidal pedestal of 82 metres (269 ft) height, formed by four arches and a flat platform, supporting the 28 metres (92 ft) image of Christ. Its base was designed by architect António Lino in the form of a gate, while the statue of Christ the King was designed by sculptor Francisco Franco. The four arches of the pedestal are oriented in the directions of the compass rose. The figure of Christ, comparable to the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, forms a cross, with its arms extended out facing the city of Lisbon, as if to embrace the city.
The statue itself measures:
- Head-to-toe: 28 m.
- Head: 4,05 m;
- Heart: 1,89m;
- Arm: 10 m;
- Sleeve (height): 5 m;
The idea to build the Monument to Christ-King came up in 1934, when the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon, Manuel Gonçalves Cerejeira (his statue here), at a visit in Brazil saw the impressing Statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. Immediately he desired to build something similar in front of Lisbon.
Cristo Rei seen from the Praça do Comércio in Lisbon
Cristo Rei seen from the Padrão dos Descobrimentos in Belém
- Francisco Franco de Sousa (Funchal 1885 - Lisboa 1955),
Sources & Information
Location N 38°40'42" W 9°10'16"
Item Code: ptli004; Photograph: 27 August 2017
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