Christ Statue (Cristo Rei)
To the west of Almada stands the Cristo Rei statue, a dominant feature in the Tejo estuary. Construction was completed in 1959. The idea to build the statue occurred over 20 years previous. The prophecy of Our Lady of Fátima had foretold a period of ungodliness, war and suffering for the people of the world. In the years after the second world war and the beginning of the nuclear arms race, there was a desire to protect Lisboetas against this forewarning. A solution presented itself after the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon, Manuel Gonçalves Cerejeira visited Rio, Brazil during the 1930s. There he saw a way to consecrate the religious strength of the Portuguese people against the perils yet to came. Inspired by the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Corcovado, Rio, the Cardinal returned to Lisbon to seek approval from Portugal's bishops to recreate something similar to on the south bank of the river Tejo (Tagus).
The Ferry Across the Tejo
The most adventurous way to get to the Cristo Rei statue is by taking the ferry that leaves Cais do Sodré
. It is ideally located on the green metro line and terminates at Cacilhas
. The ferries are regular. The trip takes about 15 minutes. The white and orange boats are known as Cacilheiros
Weekdays: 06h00 – 22h45 | Weekends: 7h30 – 22h45
Each Way: €1.20 | Timetable
Rua da Cintura do Porto de Lisboa - Terminal Fluvial do Cais do Sodré, 1249-249 Lisboa, Portugal.
38° 44' 46.05" N | 09° 05' 50.8" W
+351 210 139 287 | Website
Once you reach Cacilhas you can catch the number 101 bus
from the bus stop opposite which drops you off at the Cristo Rei monument (buy ticket from driver). Timetable
Cais do Sodré - Cacilhas ferry