November 8th, 2010
10:08 AM ET

World's tallest Jesus statue completed

Workers in Poland finished erecting the world's tallest statue of Jesus over the weekend, a 170-foot (52-meter) giant that towers over the countryside near Swiebodzin.

"This is the culmination of my life's work as a priest. I felt inspired to fulfill Jesus' will, and today I give thanks to him for allowing me to fulfill his will," Father Zawadzki said after the head was attached by a 700-ton crane, according to a report from the Warsaw Business Journal.

A crane places the head on the world's tallest Jesus statue this weekend in Poland.

The height of the plaster and fiberglass Polish statue surpasses the 40.4-meter (133-foot) Cristo de la Concordia in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and the 39.6-meter (130-foot) Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, according to news reports.

Local officials in the town of 21,000 people hope it will be a tourist attraction.

"More people will visit Swiebodzin and leave their money," Radio Poland quoted Dariusz Bekisz, the mayor of Swiebodzin, as saying.

The cost of the statue was covered by local donations, according to the Krakow Post. It will be officially consecrated on November 21.

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  1. Dover

    I am not Jewish and I find it very offensive and hypocritical that what must be a very large sum of money was spent on this instead of feeding the poor.

    November 8, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • IMHO

      yeah so I guess ur dying over the fact that Palestine and Israel is at war, Haiti is going down the crapper fast and Africa-the motherland- is in shambles. Get off your high horse.

      November 8, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • J2

      Wow, you guys should get together and turn that sucker into a 170 foot tall Gollam. That would be sand in their eyes.

      November 8, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Chris

    A 170 foot statue...of plaster & fiberglass...if it's over a steel frame, oh my. Sounds like folks didn't learn the lesson from the LAST plaster/fiberglass & oh-so-flammable big lightning-attracting statue of Jesus (the one near Cincinnati, OH, aka the Touchdown Jesus).

    I'll be grabbing a bag of marshmallows & whittled sticks & heading to Poland for the Jesus Bless My Marshmallow Roast. Woot!

    November 8, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • J2

      Mega Flaming Spaceman Zombie Jesus!

      November 8, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Evan

    I hope someone flies a plane full of christans into it soon.

    November 8, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bran

    Mega-Jesus DESTROY!

    November 8, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RF

    So why has Jesus been portrayed as an Anglo? Jesus was a Jew The face of the statue has no middle eastern distinctions and the hair is long and straight. What gives?

    November 8, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Les

    God is a myth. Get over it.

    November 8, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • DSolomon

      And how do you know this?

      The only way anyone would know there is no ominpotent, omniscient being in the universe would be for them to be ominpotent and omniscient themselves. They would have to be God to prove there is no God. (Paraphrased from "The God Who Dared" By Douglas Jacoby)

      November 8, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Evan

    look up gorege carlin " REligion is BS" if you want the best possiable explantion of god and the things you should really belive in!

    November 8, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. hasc

    Right! Let's throw away the Bible and turn to YouTube videos for our spiritual guidance.

    November 8, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • CSnord

      Better yet, bag "spiritual guidance", whatever that is, and just live your life as a decent human being.

      November 8, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. DSolomon

    Uh oh, the ACLU better get on this right away!!

    November 8, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. lito12dad

    Remember to enter Heaven we must be born again"of water"

    November 8, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Holdupaminute

    The bigger the Jesus, the bigger the shadow cast.

    ....whateverthatmeans.

    November 8, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. lito12dad

    baptism is essential to spend eternity with our GOD

    November 8, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mattmchugh

    Not that I really care one way or the other about this (it's a man-made work of art and, like all such things, people are free to derive from it whatever meaning they wish), but I have to take some exception to what the priest quoted here implies ("...I give thanks to him for allowing me to fulfill his will" - Father Zawadzki). An itinerant first-century preacher who embraced a life of poverty and sacrifice - not to mention was raised in a Jewish tradition that forbids depictions of God - would probably not want his followers to make a 170-foot statue of himself. Anyone who thinks otherwise needs to re-read those 4 books about him and pay a little more attention.

    November 8, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. PDXSerric

    How odd. It sems my earlier comment was derezzed. Here we go again:

    'You shall not make for yourself a carved image–any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.' – Oops!

    November 8, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Demara

    Wow, let's make a statue promoting athieism next.

    November 8, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Holdupaminute

      Honestly, to me this statue does just that.

      November 8, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • mattmchugh

      How about agnosticism? A big statue of ... something... but you really can't tell what it is.

      November 8, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
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