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Cristo Rey Statue, Guanajuato

Cristo Rey Guanajuato

The Cristo Rey Statue

Cristo Rey del Cubilete in Guanajuato state is an massive statue of Christ that stands atop the highest mountain of the region. The 22m statue marks the very centre of Mexico and its positioning 1,000m above the surrounding plains makes the statue a prominent landmark amidst the arid landscape. Cristo Rey Guanajuato is a recommended tourist attraction offering visitors wonderful panoramic views over the region, a uniquely styled chapel and opportunity to see the statue in close detail. The statue of Christ the Redeemer is an important pilgrimage destination as the statue stirs deep religious emotions with Mexican Catholics. The original statue was destroyed during the 1920s Cristeros Wars that were incited by the anti-Christian Mexican government. This popularity sees busloads of tourists and pilgrims visiting every single day.

Tourist Guide - Cristo Rey Statue, Guanajuato

The statue of Cristo Rey is only 15km west of Guanajuato but the journey involves a climb of almost 1,000m. This journey takes around 1 hour but greatly depends on the traffic in the opposite direction. The roads up the mountain are safe and most visitors hire a taxi or ride a coach to the summit. A private taxi costs Mex$150-250 per person and requires a minimum of two people, a more comfortable 4x4 costs Mex$250-300 per person. There is a public bus service from Guanajuato and a single is Mex$20. Typical visits last around an hour at the sight and this includes the walk from the car park to the church and summit of the hill. At the top there are plenty of traditional Mexican food eatery options, so do not be forced into purchasing food before on the journey to the statue. Plan to arrive between the morning and afternoon session of pilgrims otherwise the walk to the statue is significantly lengthened up steep roads or steps. The Cristo Rey del Cubilete church complex has no entrance fee to either the viewing platform or the church.

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The statue of Cristo Rey high above Guanajuato and Leon

 

Interesting Facts About the Cristo Rey Statue, Guanajuato

The statue of Cristo Rey faces the city of Leon, not the state capital of Guanajuato or the country's capital Mexico City. This strange direction was chosen as the religious centre of Guanajuato state is Leon (not the larger or more important Guanajuato) and the monument was funded by the diocese and cathedral and of Leon.

 

The present day bronze statue of Cristo Rey is the second re-incarnation of the monument. The original 2m stone statue was constructed in 1923 but was destroyed 3 years later in 1926 during the Cristeros Wars. President Plutarco Elias Calles order the destruction of all religious monuments and the Cristo Rey was ruined by aerial bombardment in one segment of the protracted Mexican Revolution. The present-day bronze monument was co-funded by the government in a gesture of goodwill to the still powerful church.

 

abandoned silver mine

An abandoned silver mine near Guanajuato

The Guanajuato statue of Cristo Rey is the world's second largest statue of Christ the King the largest is in Rio, Brazil. The Mexican statue weighs 80 tones and stands at 22m but it's height is accentuated due to the positioning on top of the domed church and the 2,000 meter Cerro del Cubilete mountain. The bronze statue was inaugurated in 1940 and was designed by the sculptor Fidias Elizondo and constructed by the architect Nicolàs Mariscal Pina. The statue of Cristo Rey, Guanajuato depicts Christ with his arms extended and open with two angles flanking His sides. One angel holds the royal crown and the second carries the crown of thorns.

 

The Cristo Rey del Cubilete statue is a popular pilgrimage destination for Mexicans, though no holy apparition or miracle has ever occurred here. Pilgrims perform acts of devotion and sacrifice in the hope that their prayers are answered and pilgrims can be seen making the final sections of the accent on knees or by crawling.