cristo rei landmark statue near dili east timor

Getty Images/iStockphoto

Cristo Rei


The hard-to-miss Cristo Rei, 7km east of town, has 570 steps leading to the statue of Jesus, a gift from the Indonesian government in 1996. It's a popular morning and evening exercise spot, with mountain and water views. Catch blue mikrolet No 12 or a taxi (US$5) to get here (ask the taxi driver to wait). On the other side of the promontory, you can descend to another lovely white-sand beach.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Dili attractions

1. Areia Branca

0.91 MILES

This lovely cove 5.5km east of central Dili is picturesque, with its white sand backed by steep hills and good places to eat and sleep. At the end of the…

2. Xanana Gusmão Reading Room

2.64 MILES

This complex houses memorabilia of Timor-Leste's first president, Xanana Gusmão, including the former presidential car (he opted for a cheap one at the…

3. Dili Waterfront

2.83 MILES

Watch kids kicking soccer balls around on the patches of sandy beach and runners sweating it out while you're strolling the decent walking path that runs…

4. Palácio do Governo

3.11 MILES

The grand, white Palácio do Governo dominates the town centre. The grounds here occasionally play host to events, but they're usually just a fancy car…

6. Resistência Timorense Arquivo e Museu


An excellent museum which commemorates in detail Timor-Leste's 24-year struggle against Indonesian occupation. Falintil’s resistance is brought to life…

7. Santa Cruz Massacre Memorial Monument

3.27 MILES

This sizeable monument opposite Motael Church marks where independence supporter Sebastião Gomes was shot by Indonesian forces on 28 October 1991. Built…

8. Santa Cruz Cemetery


On 12 November 1991 Indonesian soldiers fired on a peaceful memorial procession for Sebastião Gomes heading from Motael Church to Santa Cruz Cemetery;…