LIsbon's Cristo Rei

Lisbon’s Cristo Rei

On the south bank of the Tagus River near the 25 de Abril Bridge is Lisbon’s Cristo Rei. The 92 foot tall statue of Christ (which stands on a 269 foot base) looks out over all of Lisbon. Both the statue and the bridge are smaller versions of their more famous inspiration: Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, but are both clearly defined in Lisbon’s history and skyline. A trip across the river to see the statue up close requires little planning and little cash, which makes it a great option for budget travelers.

Lisbon's Cristo Rei

Ponte 25 de Abril in Lisbon, Portugal, a replica of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

Ponte 25 de Abril

Lisbon’s Cristo Rei: Taking the ferry

We caught a ferry from Cais do Sodre, just west of Praca do Comercio, to Cacilhas on the south bank of the river (€1.20 one-way, plus €.50 for the Viva Viagem Card). The ferries run fairly often, every 10 minutes at rush hour, and it’s just a quick 10 minute ride. Being that it is a commuter boat, most of the other passengers weren’t looking out the windows at the scenery, but we sat on the upper deck, put our window down and hung our heads out for the views.

View of the 25 de Abril Bridge, west to Belem from the ferry boat to Lisbon's Cristo Rei

The view from the ferry of the 25 de Abril Bridge, west to Belem

Restaurants line the riverbank near the ferry terminal in Cacilhas from the ferry

Restaurants line the riverbank near the ferry terminal in Cacilhas

Lisbon’s Cristo Rei: Hike to the statue

Once we got to Cacilhas, we had options on how to get to Cristo Rei. Most guide books advise the walk west along the riverbank to the elevator, then the 101 bus to the statue. Since we weren’t in a rush and it was a beautiful, cool day, we chose to hike up through the neighborhoods instead. We walked left out of the ferry terminal into town and trudged up the streets to Cristo Rei, which took us about a half hour. Along the way there were helpful signs pointing us in the right direction.

The elevator is west from the ferry terminal and Lisbon's Cristo Rei in the background

The elevator is west from the ferry terminal

Lisbon’s Cristo Rei: The Statue

The statue, which we’ve seen so many times from afar, is extraordinary up close. The surrounding park includes a few other statues, a shop and café, grassy areas for lounging, the Stations of the Cross and absolutely fabulous views of Lisbon. There is a small chapel inside the base of the statue, as well as a lift (for €4) that goes to the top.

Lisbon's Cristo Rei and one of the many statues in the park

Cristo Rei and one of the many statues in the park

 

Lisbon's Cristo Rei: The small chapel inside the base of the statue is quaint and peaceful

The small chapel inside the base of the statue is quaint and peaceful

 

Lisbon's Cristo Rei: The Stations of the Cross are along the scenic walkway

The Stations of the Cross are along the scenic walkway

 

Jetsetting Fools at Lisbon's Cristo Rei

Lisbon’s Cristo Rei: Tips for a trip from Lisbon

Had we planned a little bit ahead – with warmer layers and a picnic – we would have stayed for sunset. We hung around for about an hour before heading back down, stopping for a glass of wine (€1.20) on the wide, pedestrian-only street lined with cafes that we had passed on the way up. As luck would have it, we were on the ferry crossing back to Lisbon as the setting sun was putting on a spectacular show.

The town center is filled with cafes

The Cacilhas town center is filled with cafes

 

Lisbon's Cristo Rei at sunset

 

Lisbon's Cristo Rei at sunset

We want to know: Have you been to Lisbon’s Cristo Rei? Did you go inside? How were the views? Tell us in the comments!

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LIsbon's Cristo Rei JetSetting Fools

 

8 thoughts on “Lisbon’s Cristo Rei

  1. Oregon Follower!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Your pictures of all of your sunsets would really make a beautiful calendar!!!! Couldn’t you sell the idea to company?

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