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    Cristo Rei - Great Attractions (Lisbon, Portugal)

    Geo Beats

    by Geo Beats

    Take a tour of Cristo Rei in Lisbon, Portugal - part of the World's Greatest Attractions travel video series by GeoBeats.

    Built as an appeal to God to keep Portugal out of war, Cristo Rei, in Lisbon, is also a stunning architectural achievement.

    This monument, unveiled in 1959, took inspriation from the open-armed Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil.

    The sanctuary features two chapels and numerous relics of various saints, which are for public reverence.

    Right wing dictator António de Oliveira Salazar originally ordered the monument's construction in 1949.

    The gate shaped monument is over 200 feet tall, with the statue itself standing an additional 92 feet.

    There is an observation deck where people can look out at Lisbon and all that was saved by avoiding World War II.