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. Dave

    Well, look at who the quotes are coming from. The priest obviously has religious motivations for the statue (misguided or not), while the mayor of the city, of course, has the impact on his community in mind. Sounds like the priest wanted to put it up for spiritual reasons, and the local officials allowed it because it would bring in tourism. Just a badly written article.

    November 8, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • God

      Please stop mangling the English language, and then proclaiming someone else to be at fault. If you think the article was "badly written", then perhaps you, yourself, should go back to school and get some more education.

      November 8, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mario

    I'm just waiting for some moron here in this country to go there and sue for it to be taken down because it is a religious statue. I'd love to see that happen...Watch that person get thrown out of the country on his behind!

    November 8, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • God

      Stop calling my creations morons. You are one of them.

      November 8, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buster Bloodvessel

      There's no law against monumental statuary in this country or in Poland, and no law against statues of religious figures either. You can't sue someone for completing a construction project; why would you even think that's possible?

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

    Good call Poland, because Jesus was exactly the kind of narcissist that would really like a 170 foot tall statue of himself, complete with gold crown. He'd be appalled.

    November 8, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. nohomatt

    Oy Vay Zmir, mushuganas

    November 8, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. maine liberal

    "Something like this would not be allowed in America"

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

    November 8, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. Flaco

    Jesus left a will? And only Father Z read it?

    November 8, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. C Zenko

    Everyday i read CNN and the comments attached to the article. It is 1% good comments that are thought out and respectfull. The other 99% is full of rude and disrespectful comments. Everyone has the right to disagree, but no one has the right to be disrespectful to someone else because they have a differing oppinion. If the best comment you can think of is rude, perhaps it is time for a self evaluation. State your oppinion if you desire, but be respectfull if possible. Otherwise keep it to yourself.
    For people who belive in Jesus, some people will think it is great, some people will not agree. I don't think the goal of building it was to make money, but i do think it is logical to guess people will go there to see it. And while they are there, they may have lunch. The statue of Liberty is an icon for New York and the USA, most people have seen the Jesus statue over Brazil, the Eifel Tower, the CN Tower. There are many great icons around the world that are very simply nice to look at and enjoy. If you don't want to go see the Jesus in Poland, fair enough. just don't make insults to anyone that wants to.

    November 8, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Zarnoc

      I think it is clear that you do not understand freedom of speech. Perhaps you do not live in the USA?
      Freedom of speech is very important. We must allow everyone to speak. Rudeness is only in your head. Your head must be full of nonsense. Please go to the nearest toilet and try to flush your head down it. You might gain wisdom that way.

      November 8, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Achromatic

      Couldn't have said it better myself.

      November 8, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      Zarnoc, "freedom of speech" applies to freedom from government scrutiny. It has NOTHING to do with online forums.

      November 8, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      Zarnoc, furthermore, just because you have "freedom of speech" doesn't mean you SHOULD go out of your way to be rude to people. "Freedom of speech" does not equal "freedom from repercussions from those offended". It goes both ways.

      November 8, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zarnoc

      You need to visit the nearest toilet, too. You speak without knowledge. Flush your head!

      November 8, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Colin

      Well said C Zenko! Zarnac is a great example. Can't come up with an intelligent defense. All he's got is insults.

      November 8, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zarnoc

      LOL I've got more than that Colin Zenko. Bwahahahaha!

      November 8, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. on_my_soapbox

    170-foot erection on jesus? OOooohhh, I thought I read that wrong.

    silly lil cult believers.

    November 8, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  9. osama bin diesel

    Him and that giant tire guy shouldn start a garage

    November 8, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  10. Joe

    Jesus' will was to have a giant statue of himself erected? Doesn't sound like Jesus to me...

    November 8, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  11. erky

    The Poles still have a positive view of the Catholic Church because the Church stood up against communism. It's a shame it didn't stand up against fascism though.

    November 8, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Moe

      Communism was practiced by the early Church – it's in the Bible. The Disciples killed a couple who didn't cough up all their belongings to the common pool of wealth. Fascism brought the blitzkrieg invasion of Poland. And now we have a statue in the name of capitalism.
      Jesus didn't have much to do with any of it. He doesn't even look like that. A bad likeness.

      November 8, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bill dodge

    If so manny Christians would not hate so much this statue would be okay with me .

    November 8, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  13. samueltx

    It appears that the non Christians like to push their ideology stronger than the Christians. Way to go Poland, way to go America. And to you non believers, hey to each his own, God gave us free will, so go ahead, don't believe, doesn't bother me. Why don't you bash islam, oh yeah, they will behead you....

    November 8, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Kicking your empty head across the soccer field

      "doesn't bother me"...yeah, right.

      November 8, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Buster Bloodvessel

      "non Christians like to push their ideology stronger than the Christians." I just erected a 270ft statue of nothing. Beat that, Christians!

      November 8, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. LIZ

    holy crap ... lol

    November 8, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  15. MACT

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

    Ah! The true meaning of Christianity

    November 8, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
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