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Cristo-Rei



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Cristo-Rei (english translation: Christ the King) is a Catholic monument overlooking Lisbon, capital of Portugal. It was inspired by the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and inaugurated on May 17, 1959. At that time Portugal was being ruled by the President of the Council António de Oliveira Salazar, and it was on his orders that the Cristo-Rei was built. The monument was built on the left-bank of the Tagus river, facing Lisbon on the other bank. Its location is at coordinates 38º40'43" N 9º10'17" W, in the civil parish of Pragal, in the city of Almada, in District of Setúbal, Lisbon Region. It is a national monument. The base of the monument, by architect António Lino, is in the form of a gate, standing 75 m (246 ft) tall. At the top is a statue of Christ the Redeemer, designed by sculptor Francisco Franco de Sousa, 28 m (92 ft)-tall. At the base of the statue is an observation deck (altitude: 184 m / 604 ft) providing panoramic views of the city of Lisbon, the Tagus river (in portuguese: Rio Tejo) and of the 25 de Abril Bridge (in portuguese: Ponte 25 de Abril). It is located on the left riverbank. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cristo-Rei

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Submitted: 08/19/2009

By: sladys

Location: Lisbon, Portugal

Category: Street Art: Sculptures/Statues

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