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Day 035 - The Sacred Climb: Exploring the Cristo Rei of Dili with Fellow Bikers from Indonesia

Updated: Oct 1, 2023

Day 035 (05 Feb 2023) - Dili to Manatuto, Timor-Leste


Day 035 (05 FEB 2023) – Spent the day with my biker friends from Indonesia (Niki Niki biker group). In the morning, I briefly visited one of their relative’s house in Dili.

We then left to Cape Fatucama (about 20 mins from Dili) to visit the Cristo Rei of Dili. On the way, as we crossed the President BJ Habibie Bridge, we stopped by to take some pictures.

This bridge has some historical significance. It was built in remembrance of the former Indonesian President BJ Habibie, who was integral in the establishment of Timor-Leste as an independent nation.

As we arrived at Cape Fatucama, I could see the Cristo Rei of Dili (Christ the King of Dili) statue facing the ocean, from the base of the hill. We then climbed a 570-step concrete staircase to get to the peak.

On the way up, there were 14 stations along the way, that symbolize the Stations of the Cross. We stopped by at each station to look at the engravings, each focusing on specific events of Jesus Christ’s last days.

As we reached the top of the hill, it was amazing to see this huge statue up close and the view of Dili’s beautiful landscape was simply stunning!

Fun Fact : The Cristo Rei of Dili (Christ the King of Dili) statue is a 27.0 metre high statue of Jesus Christ resting on top of a globe and is a main tourist attraction here. It was designed and constructed as a gift by Indonesia to East Timor, and unveiled by former Indonesian President Suharto in 1996.



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