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Cristo Rei, Dili

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Monument Tourist Spot
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. Take a look at our Dili trip itinerary maker to schedule your visit to Cristo Rei and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Incredible views of 2 bays. A welcome relief from the traffic of the harbor. We took #10 Bemo - a shared public transport from downtown, hiked up to the statue and then down the back stairs to a secon...  more »
  • Take the time in Dili to visit Jesus. It's a fifteen minute climb up from the beach and the view is great, especially at dawn as the moon sets.  more »
  • Beautiful spot and a good hike up the hill for a spectacular view. Finish off with a swim or a snorkel at "white beach".  more »
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  • 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
  • Road towards the statue is like a serpent with scenic views The walk way upward need to be kept clean
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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