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πŸ›οΈ Christ The King Statue

Address
Chemin du ChΓ’telard 53, 1978 Lens
Keyword
2018 Oct
  • Date de Visite
    13.10.2018
  • CrΓ©ation
    1935
  • GPS
    46.273 7.4375

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 ChΓ’telard hill in the commune of Lens. It overlooks the RhΓ΄ne Valley at the centre of the Valais.

The Christ the King Statue on its pedestal.
The Christ the King Statue on its pedestal.

Weather


Access by car


Parking is available below the top of the hill.

The parking.
The parking near the Christ the King Statue

Access path


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.

The beginning of the ascent from the car park.
The beginning of the ascent from the car park at the Christ the king statue in lens

The entrance in the forest.
the entrance to the forest to reach the Christ the king statue in lens

Two paths are then available:

  1. The direct path
  2. The path along the mountain

Direct path


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.

The arrival at the statue from the east flank and the 14th and last station of the Way of the Cross on the esplanade of the Christ the King Statue.
 The arrival at the christ the king statue from the east flank Β the 14th and last station of the Way of the Cross on the esplanade of the Christ the King Statue

Path along the mountain


On the left, a less steep path on a forest floor that runs around the hill from the south. We pass through an open-air oratory dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes.
The path through the forest.
 the path in the forest to access the Christ the King statue

The oratory
an open-air oratory dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes on the way to the Christ the King statue in lens

The arrival at the statue from the west.
The way of the cross arriving at the Christ the King statue in lens

The ascent to the statue from the car park takes 15 to 20 minutes and about 30 minutes from the village of Lens.

Statue characteristics


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.

The porch of the chapel.
The porch of the chapel under the statue of Christ the King

Paintings and shields
The paintings and badges on the porch of the chapel under the statue of Christ the King

The roof of the porch.
The roof of the porch of the slate bell tower with the granite cross - christ the king statue lens

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.

Esplanade


Located at an altitude of 1272 metres, the esplanade of the Christ the King statue has two beautiful views over the Rhone Valley.

West side


South-West view.
South-West view from the esplanade of the Christ the King statue

North-West view.
North-West view from the esplanade of the statue of Christ the King

East side


North-East view.
East view from the esplanade of the statue of Christ the King

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 PΓ©rolles.

Christ the Redeemer on the Boulevard de PΓ©rolles. Photo: cath.ch
Christ the Redeemer on the Boulevard de PΓ©rolles.

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.

Christ the Redeemer at the top of the Corcovado hill.
Christ the Redeemer at the top of the Corcovado hill.

VidΓ©o


A drone video around the site of the Christ the King statue.

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