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Cristo Rei

History and museums
monument, statue

The Christ the King statue (Portuguese: Cristo Rei) also known as the Sacred Heart statue, is an Art Deco statue of Jesus Christ in Garajau, Madeira.


It is here that non catholic christians were thrown from the cliffs as only Catholics were allowed to be burried on the island until 1770 when the British Cemetery of Funchal was established for non catholic christians, the Jewish Cemetery of Funchal was established in 1851. The status was built in remembrance of the function of the areas history.

The statue was built in 1927 and consecrated on October 30, 1927. Financed by the local lawyer Aires de Ornelas and his wife, created by French artists Georges Serraz and Pierre Charles Lenoir. The statue was completed 4 years before Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil.

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