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Cristo Rei, Dili

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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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  • October 3, 2017
    This is an amazing statue, gigantic but soothing. It looks out to sea and is similar to the Rio statue on which it is based.  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    We did this one early morning ...didn't count the steps but it was a hike that took about 15 minutes ...take some water. Was lovely.  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    The statute is visible from anywhere along the coast of the city. There are quite a few steps to climb in order to reach the statute from the beach below. There is another beach on the opposite side, ...  more »
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  • June 18, 2017
    The best beach in the city. It's amazing to have such a beach in the capital. Gets really crowded on Sundays as the Timorese enjoy spending Sundays on the beach
  • July 10, 2017
    Road towards the statue is like a serpent with scenic views The walk way upward need to be kept clean
  • June 1, 2017
    It's ok. View from the top is very good and if you are in Dili you must go. But lots of rubbish around and the carport was closed off with branches when I was there. Also very good advice here about not taking the rough dirt track at the end of the car park. The stairs up are at the start of the car park.
  • May 25, 2017
    Historical landmark of Timor-Leste. Beautiful view of the cove and a great place to have a swim on the white sand beach. Can spot dolphin and whale during the mating season.
  • June 19, 2017
    Always doing my Sunday walk here. One of the best spots in Dili.

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Mid-range accommodation is easy to come by in Dili, as the town boasts a plethora of hotels and resorts, mostly lining the coast and often offering onsite pools and restaurants. Budget options remain scarce, but if you're staying for a longer time, you can look into renting a room from a local family, or sharing a private holiday home with an ex-pat group.
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