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Trip Planner: Asia / East Timor / Dili District / Dili / Cristo Rei
Perched atop a summit looking out toward the capital of East Timor, Cristo Rei stands as a symbol of the island’s relations with Indonesia. Reaching 27 m (88.6 ft) high, the statue was given as a gift to the east islanders by the Indonesian government in 1996, modeled on Rio de Janeiro’s monument of the same name. Climb the 500-step ascent and look out from the island’s peninsula, enjoying panoramic views of the Timor Sea. Take care on the uneven steps and bring plenty of water. To visit Cristo Rei and other attractions in Dili, use our Dili trip maker site.
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Built by the Indonesians during their occupation apparently. Seen a few of these statues around the world. It does not get my attention..
Built by the Indonesians during their occupation apparently. Seen a few of these statues around the world. It does not get my attention.. more »
It was a nice morning walk and the way to spend Saturday morning for a weekend in the middle of a business trip. On Saturdays you can actually join WHO-organized walks from Dili to Cristo Rei and...
It was a nice morning walk and the way to spend Saturday morning for a weekend in the middle of a business trip. On Saturdays you can actually join WHO-organized walks from Dili to Cristo Rei and... more »
We took a 1/2 day tour of Dili and Cristo Rei was our final stop. This imposing statue overlooks the ocean and is reminiscent of Christ the Redeemer in Rio. You will need to climb stairs to get to...
We took a 1/2 day tour of Dili and Cristo Rei was our final stop. This imposing statue overlooks the ocean and is reminiscent of Christ the Redeemer in Rio. You will need to climb stairs to get to... more »
Nice place to see sunset. Historical statue for Indonesia and Timor Leste. Nowadays, some people do running there. No entry fee. In front of parking area, you can buy coconut, only 1$. The best time to go there, morning and afternoon for sunset.
Cristo Rei mountain has the best view of the beach and city of Dili. Best spot for sunrise and sunset. The location is the icon of Dili. Cristo rei is the tallest statue in Timor.
The Christo Rei of Christ the King of Dili is a 27.0-metre-high statue of Jesus Christ mounted atop a globe at the peak of Cape Fatucama in Dili, East Timor. This is one of East Timor's main tourist attractions, was built in 1996 by the government of Indonesia. One needs to have own vehicle to reach to this place. Public transports like Microlet #12 or taxis are also available from Dili to arrive here. The beaches at both sides of this statue are beautiful. Awesome views of Sunrise and Sunsets can be watched from footstep of the statue of Lord Christ.
This is a lovely, favourite place to visit in Dili. It is surprisingly quiet and peaceful, even on Easter Sunday when we visited. You can catch mikrolet 12 or 01 from the centre of Dili, or if you choose to walk it will take 1 to 1.5 hours depending on your speed. It is a nice walk past several beaches if you leave early to avoid the heat, but there are many places with no shade in the middle of the day so it would be quite hot. The steps to the top are easy for people with average fitness. There is also a lovely quiet beach behind the hill. There are many nice places to eat and drink along Cristo Rei Beach just a few minutes walk back from the bottom of the steps to the statue.
One of the most important things to see in Dili and Timor-Leste as a whole. I found it hard to believe that Christo Rei is apparently the 2nd largest statue of Christ in the world! Very impressive. Come here for the sunset, as the views are beautiful and temperature not as hot as midday.
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