El Cristo Rey Monument

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Guanajuato, Mexico

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montecarlostar montecar…
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Magnificent and inspiring Sep 01, 2011
The Christ the King monument at the top of the Cubilete Hill is one of the major landmarks of the Mexican state of Guanajuato. It's not as big as Christ the Redeemer from Brazil, but this one has a very particular relevance which makes it a must in a ny trip to Guanajuato.

The present statue is the fourth that has been on top of the hill since 1920. The original monument was constructed amidst the Cristero war, the last revolution in Mexican land since independence. Its construction was seen as a rebel act from the catholics against the government, so the bishop who blessed the first stone was exiled, and the monument was bombed years later.

A series of monuments were built later, but the final one was constructed in 1944, when religious intolerance had finally ceased. It consists of a figure of Christ with open arms, with tho baby angels by his side, one offering a crown of thorns and the other a crown of a King.

This place has been a favorite site for pilgrimage, representing the triumph of catholicism over tyranny. You can easily get a tour in Guanajuato, it would take 2 or 3 hours time.

Definitively recommended, this place should have a place in your travel itinerary when visiting the Mexican "Bajío".
View on the way uphill
Me at the Monument
Timeline depicting the events surr…
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Nair2011 Nair2011
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Monument of Christ the king Jul 14, 2011
I have seen a big monument up in the hill when I was travelling to Guanajuato from Leon from bus window. When I have seen the tour details at the hotel I understood that this monument is of Jesus Christ and decide to visit the same. I have booked the tour by van. Costed me 10USD.

One of the largest statues of jesus in the world is on Cerro del Cubilete mountain. This monument complex has twi prayer halls too. Views from here are spectacular and this is one of the must visit places in Guanaguato visit to do list for all. This complex has a souvenir cum eatables shop too. On the way to monument we will see some good local mexican food restaurants and ceramic gift shops too..

Buses are available from downtown to this place too. This monument is around 15 miles away from down town and took around 1 hour to reach there.
View from a bus
View from Monument
View from Monument
View from Monument
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montecarlostar says:
I want to go to this place too. The organize religious pilgrims sometime during the year.
Posted on: Jul 17, 2011

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