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. Eric Nicolas

    Now they have to build a gigantic dashboard to put it on.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Swiebodzin Erector, Ltd

      yes, but only after we work out the bobblehead head. the design still has a few kinks.

      November 19, 2010 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. Michael 4 Keller

    Shame on you Jesass!i was expecting you to come but you are a no-show!..i thought i was forgiven and on my way to see you coming down from heaven for a second appearance, with power and great glory!..i kept looking up for years and years and i'm finally tired of your empty promises!..so now i have to call myself an un-forgiven ex-christian?

    November 8, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rasaq Seriki

    Folks your knowledge is your religion those forlks behind all these fabricated messages and images believe they are wise and smart they are the one that told us statue is not good to worship, they even label Egypt as statue worshipers to the extend that bible said christains shouldn't visit Egypt for the rest of their life can you see how competative religions are.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. charlotte

    this just makes me sad. all that money could have been spent for education, or for providing services to homeless people, anything other than building a giant plaster statue of some megalomaniac.... really unfortunate

    November 8, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • terry

      You are unfortunate ... but guess what, he loves you still

      November 8, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cathy Kayser

      Just think of all that money that you spent on your computer so you could post on CNN – all that money could have gone to the poor!

      November 8, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • a slozomby

      cathy – i never swore a vow of poverty and pledged to help the unfortunate. im pretty sure the priest did.

      November 8, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • E wile

      Judas

      November 8, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • FIRE

      No Terry, He does not love Charlotte. She just blasphemed, and He does not take kindly to that. Allthough I do agree with her that the money could be spent better on the poor and the needy.
      If they are to make statues of Christ, they should be carved from granit.

      November 8, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      All the money you spent on your new phone could go to the local charity. Oh snap, did I just burst your bubble?

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

      I wonder when folks will realize that the greatest form of worship of any god or person is doing good in his or her name instead of making statues...hmmmm, oh well.

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

      So Christian religious leaders can no longer support works of art? How about we consider the many recent good and charitable works of Catholic and other Christian churches to our societies. The hospitals. The homes for the poor. The food kitchens. The priests that die serving the troops and fighting for the rights of others in places their not welcome.

      We're not allowed to build a statue in the image of our God?! Please Charlotte. I hope you're railing against the massive amount of spending by others on things other than charities. Must keep you very busy.

      November 8, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don Leeman

      For the record, the huge majority of Priests do NOT take a vow of poverty. Diocesan Priests do not, and I believe they are the vast majority of all Roman Catholic Priests.
      Benedictines (an Order) do take such a vow, according to a friend of mine who is a Priest at St. Anselm's in NH.

      Point: None of this came out of "church funds", per se. The entire cost seems to have been paid from donations that were targeted to the building of the statue. There is nothing wrong with that at all!

      By the way: Nobody is "worshipping" the statue. They worship what the statue represents: Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God.

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

      You're an idiot Lib. Clearly you think you know it all and have all the answers. I love the comment about how much YOU spent on your computer to get on here and post hatred. People like you never apply that old saw to yourself! LOL
      Worthless.

      November 8, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • zmac

      Time is money, madam, and the time you wasted making your comment could have been used for....?

      November 8, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • ikantraed

      GEE, THAT DOESN'T"T LOOK LIKE A COMMUNIST LOOKING MONUMENT TO ME AT ALL... lol

      When will you out grow the soviet looking B S once and for all guys? Grow up already.. Geez

      November 8, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. democracy101

    First you have to look at the history of the first democracy in the world. Before it was destroyed the first time by Prussia, Austria and Russia. Then, the second time by Germany, Soviet Union and Slovakia. Why? Because it’s a democracy, and has been for hundreds of years. So why does everyone question a democracy rebuilding over and over? Additionally, a statue of a man that lived a long time ago and is only known for the good he did while he lived. Who is the Statue of Liberty of? And does she represent socialism now? That about Mount Rushmore? Boy, these tourist attractions could still be feeding the homeless. Huh? Where does that money go? Lastly, everyone who donated for the statue has their own reasons; maybe they just wanted to see something different on their way to work. Maybe they wanted more tourism in their hometown. But it is their right that they have been fighting for, long before the US has ever thought of writing the Declaration of Independence.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Slovensko71

      Excuse me? How did Slovakia destroy the world? We were occupied by first the nazis and then the soviets for decades and then the velvet revolution split us from Czech Republic. You are a complete idiot.

      November 8, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • democracy101

      You are an idiot. Slovaks occupied southern Poland in the beginning of WWII. Go pick up a history book, then write something intelligent and don't waist everyones time.

      November 8, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      This was funny. The oldest democracy in the world.... POLAND! HAHHAHAHAHA. Ever heard of Athens bud?

      November 8, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • borko61

      to slovensko71 actually you are idiot...slovakians were collaborating with nazis and did attack Poland in september 1939, did not get far they were cowards and louzy soldiers more like thugs...

      November 8, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • democracy101

      Mike we all have different definitions of democracy. Here is the book definition.
      a : government by the people; especially : rule of the majority

      b : a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections
      So if you are talking about a Cesar being an elected official you need some democracy lessons. And yes I have herd of Athens, I’ve been there many times and have family there. Only two words come to mind every time I visit that place, socialism and communism. Bud, or better yet Milwaukees Best Light. Thanks for playing.

      November 8, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • mcs

      Democracy 101 poland is the 1st democracy in europe the 2nd in the world after the U.S.

      4 min into this video
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Quld5950v6w

      November 8, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • democracy101

      First thank you for making you tube the source for history. Ok so here is a quote from the video.
      A.D. 1573
      First election. From now on Polish kings are chosen by the nation. All nobles are equal according to law. The separation of judiciary, legislative (parliament) and executive (king) powers exist. About 10% of the people have voting rights.
      Sounds like the early writings of a democracy. Except this one was 203 years before ours.

      November 8, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Singer

      Good point Democracy101...!

      November 8, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • mcs

      its pretty accurate for the fact that im 1st generation polish-american that went to polish school as long as american school but they don't go into extreme detail about it obviously because its summing up only the important big parts of the history of Poland but the "golden liberty" was like a weird version of democracy where the polish nobles had all the power and the king-elect had virtually no power and that was very unusual in europe in that time and ahead of their time too. Also a single veto from just one noble can kill a bill that would be passed and that is what really led to polands demise after the kossak revolution where more than half the nobles were killed off and this is when the three powers decided to put their sphere of influence on the Sejm of Poland-Lithuanian Commonwealth and were able to stop legislation that would help poland.

      idk if these posts went up at all for the fact i cant see them but disregard the second post i put up democracy101
      that was a very messed up thing that i posted up and i read your post and i took it the wrong way for some reason and that post i made makes no sense if it was posted up i think...

      November 8, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • thelawtruth

      You people are talking about a different subject remember this a statue of Jesus.

      November 9, 2010 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
    • someoneelse

      are you on drugs?

      November 9, 2010 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
    • democracy101

      We are talking about people on this website questioning a structure being built in a war torn country. A country that’s still feeling the effects of WWII and communism. Anything built at all should be praised, especially by another democracy.

      November 9, 2010 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      I'm fairly sure a statue of Jesus represents Socialism more than the Statue of Liberty.

      November 9, 2010 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      Democracy101, by your standard, Poland itself was Nazi, as thousands of Poles served the Wehrmark and fought in Russia (as did 10s of thousands of French, Belgians, Spanish, Czechs, etc.)

      November 9, 2010 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • mcs

      Chris: your an idiot because poland is a center right country with the two major parties are both center right.
      Ben: so your saying that Poland France and all the countries you mentioned collaborated with Nazi's? Thats the most absurd thing i have ever heard. My country where my parents came from despised both Nazis and the Soviet Union with a burning passion and we still dislike Russia like no other and have a distrust of Germany(note that that had gotten better with years. always have and always will. Also if your going to generalize by saying that all those countries collaborated with Nazi's like that then you probably know that there were Americans fighting on the side of the Nazi's too and that the U.S. is Nazi too.
      The only reason Poland was communist is because we were forced into it, we were supposed to be a democracy but we were sold off and had the polish citizens killed that wanted democracy.
      We are a freedom loving people and very proud of our heritage and will fight and do whatever to keep our independence/freedom no matter what the cost is.

      November 9, 2010 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • mcs

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DrXgj1NwN8

      November 9, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      So you are saying Poland has been a democracy for hundreds of years? Did you know that there are things called "history books"? These "history books" contradict what you are saying. Just sayin.

      November 9, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • democracy101

      Ben, you’re so far out there I’m not even going to waist my time with you. Chris you’re just trying to start a fight because you’re not making any cense. I made the comment about the Statue of Liberty because it was given by the French and still represents a portion of France and their ideology today. So If France is Socialist, which it is. Then what does she represent today? I don’t have an answer; it’s only a question to think about. Lastly TIM, what history books are you referring to? If you’re reading Stalin, Hitler and Mao’s history books then you probably are right. May I suggest a good book to start off with? It’s called the three little pigs. MCS thanks for the good discussion.

      November 9, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • democracy101

      Hey MCS let’s make sure Tim reads Three Little Pigs before he watches the video. There are a lot of numbers in there.

      November 9, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • democracy101

      For those of you sill questioning about what Poland should do with it's money and what it's doing now, here is a link to all the european counties. Keep in mind that the countries not on the EURO yet or newly introduced are the top spenders on humanitarian aid. Something to think about, huh?

      November 9, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • democracy101

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8036096.stm#start

      November 9, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • democracy101

      Is there any one else! Is there any one else! Ok so we have got through the first step of establishing a democracy. Aside from those that refuse to learn history. So the next question; why are there so many people out there that question a democracy building a structure when the United States spends millions of dollars a year building structures around the world? Where are they built? Why? Why do we not acknowledge our structures that were built by donations, such as Poland? Lastly, Why do we not spend as much as the new democracies in Europe on on Humanitarian Assistance? Or do we?

      November 10, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Yoda

    The only reason to make this statue that big is to make it an attraction. Attractions bring tourists, tourists bring money. End of story.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Victor

      So, the statue was built with the sole purpose of making money and not attracting people to God?

      November 8, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Petina

      The only reason for your comment is your small brain.

      November 8, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yoda

      why would it be that big? You think there is someone on the planet that doesn't know who Jesus is? The only reason to make it THAT BIG is to become an attraction. If it was a simple statue it wouldn't get the attention. People travel to the biggest things on the planet. Wake up folks. Ask yourself this; Is this statue anymore spiritual than any other statue? The reason you make something that big is to attract the eye to it. I'll take your small brain comment if you take: You are ignorant.

      November 9, 2010 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim in NC

      Victor: the biggest reason it was ALLOWED to be built this big was so that it would attract tourists. I have no doubt that the priest and the others who assisted in its construction have more religious reasons for its construction. I'm sure the country where the most well liked and longest reigning Pope came from (in modern history) had no real issues allowing such an icon to be built. Since Poland is not a theocracy, you can't say this was an act by the Polish government to further the cause of one religion within Poland's borders.

      November 9, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • KJM1968

      It says in the article that the mayor & local officials hope it will become a tourist attraction and people will leave their money.

      November 9, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  7. Alexius

    You must be a really sad man 🙁

    November 8, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Michael 4 Keller

    Where art thou Jesus?i was expecting you to come but you are a no-show!..i thought i was forgiven and on my way to see you coming down from heaven for a second appearance, with power and great glory!..i kept looking up for years and years and i'm finally tired of your empty promises!..so now i have to call myself an un-forgiven ex-christian?

    November 8, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • E wile

      He might come for you tonight

      November 8, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Singer

      Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. James1:12

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

      Michael Killer you an idiot to write comment like that can you write that about Muslim Man? because JESUS CHRIST is so merciful that's reason you write that well you must get punish by this comment

      November 8, 2010 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • missy

      Michael, Jesus will come at His perfect timing, not your's. Keep waiting and keep faith. Its all in His timing and He will come when you least expect it, like a thief in the night. So stop watching for Him, only God knows when Jesus is coming again, not even Jesus Himself knows.

      November 9, 2010 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
    • capnmike

      Don't sweat it...he's not coming because he's DEAD. Died some 2000 years ago. All the rest of the supernatural crapola is a LIE. Unfortunately, the brainwashed victims of the "churches" can't face that simple fact.

      November 9, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  9. Yoda

    Its going to be collecting a lot of money... And first of all people lets not assume that money hasn't gone to the poor just as much as we should not assume that this creation is solely religiously motivated. Money was probably given to the poor, not to mention jobs for those who worked on this thing just. As well as money will be collected because of this statue. Atheists don't be to cynical, religious folk stop walking around with blinders on.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. terry

    Yes, and you know all of the secrets of the universe... can you please enlighten us? Tell us what REALLY happened Mr. I know.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jim

    To all whom have posted, why the negative commentary on Christ? Why the anti-Christian sentiment? There is no reason to criticize a religion when the focus of the article rested on the statue.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Because Christianity is a belief system built on lies and deception. Why would you want your children and future generations exposed to this mind poison? Most of Christianity is not a positive message.

      November 9, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Yoda

      This is just attraction #1 at the Great Polish Christian Amusement Park. That definitely looks looks like something you can buy from a Carpenter's salary. Whats the goal here , make something bigger than the monstrosity that is the Vatican? When will Christians actually become Christ-Like?

      November 9, 2010 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • James Smith

      @ Dave Bingo! You have accurately described the problem. Religion is evil and humanity will never be truly free until religion is left in the trash can of history.

      In answer to your question, never. I have never met a theist who was not a fool, a liar, or a hypocrite. Usually, all there at the same time.

      November 9, 2010 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  12. Gman

    Should have been a statue of me... I'm bitter...

    November 8, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lightning Rod

    Why do they always make them look Aryan?

    November 8, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dr Kinsey

    Now THAT'S a big erection!

    November 8, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. J

    According to the image, the headline should read: "Polacks behead Jesus!"

    November 8, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
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