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The Christ The King Statue

Lubango, Angola

The Christ the King statue (Portuguese: Cristo Rei) is a Catholic monument and shrine overlooking the city of Lubango in the South of Angola. It was inspired by the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), as one of only four in the world. This 30-metre-high (98 ft) white marble statue was built in 1957.

The monument was designed in the 1950s by Portuguese engineer of Madeira Frazão Sardinha and is listed as an Angolan World Heritage Site as of April 18, 2014.

The statue was built in 1957, by the ancient settlers of the region of Madeira (Portugal). It was built as a Catholic landmark, but represented colonial interests in various Portuguese countries during the colonial period.

A Christ Redeemer that embraces and contemplates, the monumental Vale do Lubango. From its viewpoint, the visitor can also fully embrace the capital of the province of Huíla and possibly contemplate the most beautiful sunset in Angola. Currently, the monument, in addition to being a point of great tourist attraction in Lubango, is also one of the privileged points of religious pilgrimages.

Built on a base of cement and hydraulic lime, at an altitude of two thousand 130 meters above sea level, the monument rests on a foundation of stones, cement and bricks, with two levels to support a ladder to the last, which is more practical view the statue.

It is also in this place that we can find the monumental letters with the name of the city "LUBANGO", which remind us of Hollywood in California, which can be seen miles away, both day and night, when they are illuminated as well as the statue of the Christ the King.

In this place you can also find some elements of the local tribes, namely Mumuilas, who are attracted by tourists, staying in this place to take pictures with tourists.

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