Church bells pealed throughout Portugal May 17 to mark the unveiling of the world's largest monument to Christ on a 260-foot hill near Almada on the south bank of the Tagus opposite Lisbon.
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Background: Church bells pealed throughout Portugal May 17 to mark the unveiling of the world's largest monument to Christ on a 260-foot hill near Almada on the south bank of the Tagus opposite Lisbon.
At the ceremony: President Salazar, members of the Government, archbishops and bishops of Portugal and Brazil. They went up to the topmost platform by lift. Cardinal Cerejeira, the Patriarch of Lisbon, performed the consecration ceremony, recalled the 84-foot high statue of Christ was erected in fulfillment of a vow made by Portuguese bishops in 1940 if Portugal was spared war. Cardinal Cerejeira then gave his blessing to Portuguese territory at the four points of the compass.
The ceremony which was broadcast and televised included a message from Rome of papal benediction.
The monument standing posed on the hill facing Lisbon is 360 feet high, consists of luminous white stone visible 20 miles. Catholics in Portugal and her territories and Brazil subscribed about GBP200,000 for it.
The statue with arms outstretched measuring 92 feet is a replica of the statue dominating the Bay of Rio de Janeiro. The Lisbon statue - a major tourist attraction - took eight years to build.