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Cristo-Rei 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.

The monument was built on the left-bank of the Tagus river, facing Lisbon on the other bank.

The base of the monument, by architect Ant鏮io 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 Lisbon and of the 25 de Abril Bridge, which is located to its immediate left.

The construction of Cristo-Rei was approved on a Portuguese Episcopate conference, held in F嫢ima on April 20, 1940, as a plea to God to release Portugal from entering World War II. However, the idea had originated on a visit by the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro in 1934, soon after the inauguration of the statue of Christ the Redeemer on 1931.

Construction started in 1950 and took nine years to completion, It was funded by public subscription

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