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. alex montero

    what a waste of money how is this helping anyone on earth

    November 8, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • shantavia heggins

      regardless of the race of the statue this is a symbol of hope what do you mean how can this help someone, hope can go along way, how dare you be little the very idea of religion that basically gravitates the world, the very man that wakes you up and gives you life?? AND YOU HAVE THE NERVE TO SAY HOW ITS A WAIST OF TIME. well in that case i hope he feels the same way twords you, and i pray that he doesnt "waste" his time saving you a nice place in hell

      November 8, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • MadPanda

      You dont sound very Christian. The 70 foot tall white Jesus would be upset.

      November 8, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Actually, it is helping the town to generate revenue via tourism. Read the article.

      November 8, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Unless an earthquake hits.

      November 8, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • 3vix6

      @shantavia heggins:

      "regardless of the race of the statue this is a symbol of hope what do you mean how can this help someone, hope can go along way, how dare you be little the very idea of religion that basically gravitates the world, the very man that wakes you up and gives you life?? AND YOU HAVE THE NERVE TO SAY HOW ITS A WAIST OF TIME. well in that case i hope he feels the same way twords you, and i pray that he doesnt "waste" his time saving you a nice place in hell"

      Did you know that the concept of Hell originated in the Pagan texts (Look up Hades – Jews know nothing of hell and would probably been told about it, if their salvation to not go to it was that important. This is just one more borrowing that Christianity has done from the Pagan religions! Sure, save me a spot.. Because it doesn't exist!

      Jesus Christ did not create me, nor did a God.. Both, did not create you either no matter how much you choose to deny it. Yes, it is a waste of time.. There is no difference in placing a statue of Zeus up there in place of Jesus Christ, who probably didn't exist in the first place. It may be pretty.. It may be cool.. But a waste of time.

      November 8, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • TempGuest


      Did you just use Wikipedia as a scholarly source? You would have failed college.

      You lose credibility in my eyes

      November 9, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. DaisyinAZ

    I am not here to question the existence of god, only to question reasoning for the statue. Poland is a very poor country, I wonder what Jesus would think about all the $$ spent on a statue instead of helping the people of Poland. How many children could have been fed and clothed for the price of a giant statue? I don't know, but I am guessing god does.

    November 8, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrsFreeze

      Daisy, I thought the same thing. I do happen to be a religious person, but I found it very odd when the priest said that it was his life's work to do God's will. God's will is to bring in tourism money? How about doing the work Jesus asked us to do - feed the hungry, clothe the poor, visit the sick and the imprisoned?

      November 8, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • adrian

      The only thing i can think of is tourisim dollars.

      November 8, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Benefit of the Doubt

      The money used to cover the statue would help people for a little while, but if the statue really does attract tourists and boost the economy that's infinitely better.

      November 8, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cherries

      Don't exaggerate! Poland is not such a poor country as people to have no money to eat and to clothe, even we sometimes spend a vacation under a tropical sun and we have white bears... in ZOO, electric cookers;) and one yellow sun.... But in USA almost nobody knows where Poland is situated, so no wonder...:). US government should invest in geographic lessons:). I don't want to talk about this Jesus monoument – it seems to me a liitle funny, such local social initiative:). Jesus errection... hm.

      November 8, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richie P

      You seem to have not read the Bible. Here's what it says:

      Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.
      “Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”

      November 8, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      tourism money will help to feed the people...

      November 8, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • sax

      You`re guessing too much. Very poor country – it`s typical for american..... Never been elsewhere rather their own neibourhood, or their own state. Seen nothing and knows best. Don`t have any ideas how Poland change over last 20 years.

      November 8, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. stevie68a

    People who love statues, often hate their fellow humans. Just check out your "christians". A crucifix is just a voodoo doll,
    if you think about it. Why didn't they create the "world's largest voodoo doll". Leave this primitive stuff to the dark ages.
    jesus is imaginary. jesus is imaginary. Shout it from the rooftops!

    November 8, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • adrian

      Historically speaking he did exist. But if you want to shout it from the rooftop go ahead. Just jump when your done.

      November 8, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • JC-VA

      Actually, he was a real person. Mhhh, regardless if you believe or not, we are up for a nice surprise....

      November 8, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pastor Evans

    John 14:6
    Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

    The challenge is whenever a person never has a personal encounter/ experience with Him for themselves they can't and won't believe. Just the opposite, whenever a person has a personal encounter/ experience with Him they can't help but to believe!!! Simple!!!

    November 8, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • R. A. Williamson


      November 8, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hayden

      True that! For me it was God himself who gave me visions of Hell when I prayed to Him from my heart because I was troubled as to whether He was real or not! So that was my supernatural encounter which I found our later that others have had similar experiences like Mary Baxter, and after reading her book on Hell I could name the different parts of Hell.
      Others have had different encounters. I've come to the conclusion that if we cry out to Him from our heart God himself draws people to Him. When its a personal experience, that becomes more powerful than learning about someone elses. If you can believe without seeing that would be better as Jesus says in His Word. Now the Bible is a delight to read about our God, He blesses me everyday.

      November 8, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • my jesus is bigger than your jesus

      visions? lysergic acid spiked liturgy. no thx

      November 18, 2010 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jim

    Jesus was created by pastors/priests and Roman leaders 300 years after his death to keep the poor people "in-line". Sarah Palin, Carl Rove, and Fox use Jesus 1700 years later to get poor peoples votes and reward the rich.

    November 8, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      That would be funny if it wasn't so pathetically wrong. Romans from the second century testify to the belief of those who followed Jesus believing Him to be God. Unfortunately you haven't actual studied the subject too well friend.

      Grace and Peace,

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

      Jim, you are talking to yourself again. Take your meds. 🙂

      November 8, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. j

    A giant statue is the last thing Jesus would want. He was a humble man.

    November 8, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrsFreeze


      November 8, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bleem

      How do you know that?? He was a made up charactor.

      November 9, 2010 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
  7. john

    yeah obviously you're not to bright if you make a comment like that. let me guess you're a muslim i bet

    November 8, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. shantavia heggins

    first of all JESUS IS NOT WHITE thats all i have to say

    November 8, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      Yes he is and he hated black people.

      November 8, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • MadPanda

      and gays, condoms and se-x.

      November 8, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richie P

      If that is all you have to say, how can it be "first of all?" Something must be "second of all."

      November 8, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bleem

      Jesus christ!!!

      November 9, 2010 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
  9. j

    Great Odin's Raven!

    November 8, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jim

    nick raymond,

    Although I believe that you sincerely hold to your beliefs about the Bible being so polluted, it is so far from the truth it isn't funny friend. The integrity of the Bible surpasses all other historical books from antiquity it isn't even close (an analogy of a football score of 500-0 is not even close). Youtube vids aside, actual study without biasing our understanding with theories adopte before we start studying reveals that Scripture is supreme. And Jesus clearly made the claim of being God, even his enemies acknowledge it as well as the earliest witnesses of the very hostile Roman Empire such as Tacitus, Pliny the Younger and many others.

    November 8, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Black sea scrolls and they are unedited.

      November 8, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • hmm

      to which edition do you refer? not the king james o'keefe version, i hope.

      November 18, 2010 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bernie

    The Church determined the canon of the Bible. The Church came before the Bible. The Church gets to determine if there is sufficient Biblical proof if a) Christ is both fully God and fully Man and, b) the God-head is a Trinity (even if the actual word is not in the Bible). If you are not a Christian then you can choose not to believe in those things if you wish. But, if you are a Christian then those are essential elements of your faith

    November 8, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Faith is a belief, not fact.

      November 8, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bernie

      Scottish: If your 'faith' is Christianity then you believe as 'fact' that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man and that the God-head is a Trinity of 3 persons in one God. Obvious;y, if you are not a believer then you believe the above are not 'facts.' There is no way, really, to prove it one way or the other.

      November 8, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tyler

    This statue is awesome! Is it outfitted with robotics, rockets and lazers? I'm not a religious person, but it would be pretty amazing to watch jesus fight Godzilla!

    November 8, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • ED

      After reading so meaning of these posts (the good, the bad, the ugly), you made me laugh. Thank you, Tyler.

      12 years of catholic school and still going to mass with the knuckle scars. It would be great to live as an example instead of beating people down with just words and calling it leadership/preaching.

      Here is a thought...if Jesus was alive today would He be on the "do not fly" watch list and would he vote democratic? Let the flaming begin!

      November 8, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Chi Rho

    Hey "The Truth". Screw You. Lets see if you'll be singing another tune when you are judged after you die.

    November 8, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • talon10

      Wanna buy the Brooklyn Bridge?

      November 8, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • asrael

      And which book of either Testament contains the comment "screw you"...?

      November 8, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • asrael

      Still trying to located that "screw you" reference in the Bible...

      November 8, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • asrael


      November 8, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Chuck

    What, there are not better things to be spending the money on?
    pay-off's for pediphile preists?

    November 8, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • borgfree

      Money, greed and the unsatiable thirst for power is what runs the Church empire. The sooner the fools in pews realize this, the better. Islam and Christianity in practice are just horses of a different strips.

      November 8, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • TempGuest

      What power are you talking about?

      November 9, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • TempGuest

      Also, if it was money, greed, and unsatiable thirst for power that ran the Church, it would have dissolved a long time ago. In the last 3,000 years+, how many have lasted as long as the Church?
      There have been times where sin has been in the Church, but Christ knew it would be like that (the weeds will grow with the wheat), and He also said He would be with His Church until the end of time. Last time I checked its been around for 2,000 years and running, and the world hasn't come to an end.

      There's something Greater that is with the Church!!

      November 9, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Gazork

    I'm sure there are non-believers who are tolerant. Why are some so-called Atheists so disrespectful to those who need assurance through faith? I don't recall, in U.S. History, that Christians attempted to force non-believers to convert to a particular denomination. What is the basis for such disrespectful reaction to comments by people of faith?

    November 8, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • MadPanda

      "I try to deny myself any Illusions or delusions, and I think that this perhaps enti-tles me to try and deny the same to others, at least as long as they refuse to keep their fantasies to themselves." – Christopher Hitchens

      November 8, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • blues

      Christians burned people on stakes in the Puritan times of U.S. history, because they were not the right kind of Christians or that they were not Christians at all.

      November 8, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • messickc

      Uh, hello.. te native americans were forced to convert or die!

      November 8, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Can you say aquisition. Not to mention, yes i will Mayans.

      November 8, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bleem

      Assurance through faith??? Assurance for what? Afraid to die? Why do all you God-wods have to have an afterlife? Is this all you have? You are all a bunch of cowards. Would you want to REALLY live for all eternity in heaven(in human form) with a bunch of backstabbing fools? Go ahead and bow to your Idol. Of course its the biggest Idol.

      November 9, 2010 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
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