Christ The King Statue
The Christ the King Statue (Statue du Christ-Roi in french) is a statue representing Christ at the top of the Châtelard hill in the commune of Lens. It overlooks the Rhône Valley at the centre of the Valais.
Access by car
Parking is available below the top of the hill.
To climb up to the esplanade of the Christ the King Statue on which the statue is built, one first follows a path that leads to a forest of pines and larches.
Two paths are then available:
- The direct path
- The path along the mountain
On the right, a gravel path following the Way of the Cross and its 14 stations built in 1933. It climbs steeply directly to the top.
Path along the mountain
The ascent to the statue from the car park takes 15 to 20 minutes and about 30 minutes from the village of Lens.
The statue is built in 1935 to celebrate the 1900th anniversary of Christ’s death. It is 30 metres high, half of which is made up of the pedestal. The Christ the King Statue is made of brass plates and a metal frame, while Christ’s head is decorated with stones of different colours.
A chapel is built under the statue. You can see its porch decorated by local saints as well as by the shields of the Valais districts. The porch is covered with slate and a granite cross.
It is not possible to visit the inside of the statue, only the maintenance service can climb inside it to the top.
A complete document relates the history of the construction of the Statue of Christ the King of Lens.
Located at an altitude of 1272 metres, the esplanade of the Christ the King statue has two beautiful views over the Rhone Valley.
Two orientation tables help to identify the surrounding mountains and villages.
Other statues of Christ in the World
The statue of Christ the King of Lens is the only permanent statue of Christ in Switzerland. In 2018, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the foundation of Nova Friburgo in Brazil by emigrants from Fribourg, the Edelweiss airline company is having a temporary replica of Christ the Redeemer of Rio built on Boulevard de Pérolles.
There are many statues of Christ in the world, the highest of which are between 30 and 40 metres high. Below are some examples of the most impressive statues.
- Christ the Redeemer – Rio de Janeiro – 1931. It is the emblem of Rio and perhaps even Brazil. Built on the top of Corcovado Hill, it is the most famous statue of Christ in the world.
- Christ of Swiebodzin – Poland – 2010. It is the tallest statue of Christ with a height of 36 meters.
- Christ of Vung Tau – Vietnam – 1993. Allows the visitor to climb at the end of each arm. 32 meters.
- Christ of Concord – Bolivia – 1994. Statue 34 meters high in memory of the visit of Pope John Paul II in 1988.
- The Risen Christ – Mexico – 1970. Statue 33 meters high.
- Blessing Christ – Indonesia – 2010. Statue 30 meters high with a Christ “in motion”.
- The Christ the King of Lisbon – Portugal – 1959. Statue 28 meters high for a total construction of 110 meters high.
A drone video around the site of the Christ the King statue.