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. dddddddddddddd

    when will these people realize god is a fantasy.

    November 8, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. thecanimalshusband

    I think i know what Jesus what think about this.

    November 8, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Doodle doo

    Just my opinion, There is no description of what Jesus looked like in the Bible, at least I have not found one. I believe there is a reason for this. I think Jesus did not want statues made of him, I think the Word was given to us for a reason, and that what "someone looks like" is least important in Christianty. There will be people worshiping this statue just like people worship Jesus on the cross , and the cross. The biggest way to honor Jesus is not with a statue, but as one who has a personal spiritual relationship with him, and lives as a disciple.

    November 8, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. FIST BUMP

    BEAUTIFUL AND MAGESTIC, BUT WILL OF GOD? I DOUBT IT. THE ONLY GOOD THING ABOUT IT IS, IT WILL BE A HISTORICAL REFERENCE THOUSAND OF YEARS FROM NOW SHOWING WHAT KIND OF CIVILIZATION WE HAD IN THE 200S0. AS FAR AS GOD OR JESUS IS CONCERNED, BUILDING OR ERECTING A STATUE DOES NOT MEAN OR TRNSLATE INTO FATE . . . BUT EACH TO HIS WON I GUESS . . .

    November 8, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bill S

    Hmmmm....erected a 180 foot statue with the hopes that it will bring in more $$$. Sounds like idolitry to me.

    November 8, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Armando

    No one knew what Jesus looked like, the first painting of Jesus was painted 600 years after he died by someone who had his own opinion on what he looked like. You could be praying to Charles Manson or Ted Nugent.

    November 8, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • mattmchugh

      Based on skeletal archeology and Roman records, experts generally agree that a Jew living in 1st century Palestine would likely have resembled a modern-day Arab. Jesus probably looked more like Osama Bin Laden than the white surfer-dude who seems to get all the press in the West. Just a little perspective for you.

      November 8, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • surfdog11

      Not only that, but the depiction of Jesus as Anglo and blonde is totally false!! There WERE NO Anglo Europeans in the Middle East 2000 years ago. And I doubt very much the locals would trust or even follow somebody that they saw as an outsider who looked different! had he come from the West!! He'd appear to look more like Sasha Cohen or Frank Zappa. Now that's a statue worth paying for!!!!

      November 8, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Frank

    Matthew 1:23
    23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

    If you doubt the Bible, the best thing to do (if you have the guts) is to study Bible prophecy. There's no other prophecy proven so true...

    Sorry, I don't have time to list the verses at the moment, but a few examples are:
    1. That he would be born in Bethlehem
    2. That he would be born of a virgin
    3. That he would live in Egypt for a time
    4. The very day that he would ride into Jerusalem
    5. That he would ride on a donkey on that day
    6. That he would rise again from the dead on the 3rd day
    7. That he would be from the tribe of Judah
    8. That he would be a descendant of King David
    9. That he would do miracles
    10. That he would be rejected and crucified

    And many many more. So many that it would be impossible to fake. Any study of Christianity without looking at Bible prophecy is lacking.

    November 8, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • CSnord

      Except Nietzshe - he had a pretty good track record.

      November 8, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Get Real

      When something is prophesied after the 'fact', it ceases to be prophecy. When do you think the new testament was written?

      November 8, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yoda

      Right? Does Frank realize the same story was told a bunch of times with some of the same themes way before Jesus or the New Testament?

      November 8, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • J2

      Isn't there a part in that book where he's riding across the desert and come's upon the half buried statue of Liberty? Then he yells, "you damn dirty apes, it was Earth all along!"

      November 8, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. HPNIII

    People are missing the point with all this religious ideology debate.Read on down in the article," more people will visit here and leave their money." Economics 101verse 23".

    November 8, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. RahKim

    One major problem with this is, Jesus was never his name AND he never looked like this statue. The word Jesus came from Demi-God Zeus, these are also the features of Zeus. His name IS Yahshua.

    November 8, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. MikeM

    I think it's pretty safe to say that Jesus would have preferred they spend that money on, you know, actually taking care of the poor. I just can't revere a religion that does junk like this.

    I just hope there isn't a lot of steel in the structure and there's not a lot of lightning in that area. They'll give TD Jesus a run for their money if there is. It already looks like it could be an unsportsmanlike conduct call.

    November 8, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sylvia

    Being born in Poland and being very proud of my country, I must say that 99% of these comments made by you people were just disgusting and very hurtful. Our country is very religious and we are proud believrs of our Savior. Obviously you can't be happy for others because you must be unhappy yourselves, so you talk down and degrade. And so judgemental. Wow.

    November 8, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Get Real

      I will be perfectly happy when people quit worshiping fables.

      November 8, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. sheisbackisis

    For everyone who needs to argue about the whole Trinity thing I really hope you look into the earlly church, Constantine and the numerous consuls the branches of heresy (early scisim) in Byzantium had that eventually led to the many various types of Christianity we have available today. There is a lot longer history of Christians arguing amongst themselves over the details than with other religions about similar traditions. For those who have ears, let them seek. But not to hear because you know already is to deny yourself of that which is. There is little wisdom in making yourself deaf even if you disagree.

    November 8, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ficheye

    OK. Let me get this straight. Jesus is God. But he's the son of God, too. Then he is supposed to have impregnated Mary with... himself. Then he let himself get crucified, but not before he prays to God (himself) in the garden of Gethsemane. Then, while on the cross, he's asking himself why he has forsaken himself. You can talk all you want about the holy trinity. But none of that makes any sense unless you are willingly delusional.

    November 8, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • standingwave

      What people tend to forget is that the Trinity didn't become official for over 400 years (Nicea?) after Jesus died,Even then it took several more centuries and, I might add,immeasurable suffering as a result of Church persecution, for the Trinity belief to become universally accepted.

      November 8, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. antichrist

    you bible bangers are a good laugh.

    November 8, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Axiom

    What's wonderful is how the statue is already successful, all of the negative comments deriving from the curious. Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. What is definite, the eventual end of life here on earth for everyone on this thread. If Jesus and the Bible are not accurate than everyone(believer & non-believer) just ends up in the same space after death but if Jesus and the Bible are accurate than those who love, follow and believe in Christ will reside in Heaven after their time is up on this earth (the non-believers..not such a good place). It's great how we have free speech handed down from our forefathers and free will handed down from our Father. Certainly an easy choice.

    November 8, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
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