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. Nevermore53

    How very pathetic. It's a money making scheme once again by the Roman Catholic Church. No different than the exhumed Father Prio in Italy. Small towns trying to make money of the fathful. Am I ever so glad to be a humanist and not some brainwashed religionist.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • chuckbalt

      For a humanist, there is no absolute. All morality is relative and subject to interpretation.

      November 8, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • asrael

      Actually, "there is no absolute" sounds pretty much like an absolute, Chuck...

      November 8, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • chuckbalt

      Ah, That is your interpretation.

      November 8, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • asrael

      Absolutely, Chuck...

      November 8, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • jarrett leland fennell

      the ten commandments say not to make false idols. and if people are going to raise money in the name of God shouldn't he/she/it get that money, shouldn't taxes go towards God. I say this because you don't have to be a believer to see what's wrong with this world straying away from faith in such a perverse way. ask your politicians and media what country God is residing in these days and, on their soul, if they don't tell you In the USA in florida attending college then you all are doomed beyond earthquakes volcanoes diseases storms and the number one killer humans. all the death and destruction can be traced back to where God is reincarnated on this planet. remember: sator arepo tenet opera rotas if you want to post back to this i would suggest you reply to my facebook pages so you can learn the truth on your own

      November 9, 2010 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
  2. everts

    Wanna know what would have been cool? If this "pastor" would have truly understood what it mean't to have a culmination of work his work in life in the name of Christ, he would have told every donor willing to give him money that they are idiots and all that they were to give him should have went to an honourable charity or other like cause. I am digusted by this monument.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Nevermore53

    Oh, and before I forget, why is he always portrayed as such a nothern European. People seem to forget that he was a Jewish child from about 2,000 years ago if one believes the Bible. Given the accounts of history and genetics, he could not have possibly looked like that blond, blue eyed giant he is always portrayed as. Are you all sure you are not praying to the Golden Calf????

    November 8, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tomek

    Unfortunately Poland is still very much ruled by the Christian Taliban.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • borko61

      go kiss a m00slem

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

      @Tomek.....Christian taliban...lol

      November 9, 2010 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
  5. Will S

    Needs an eyepatch, pirate hat, and parrot.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Praise Him

    I constructed Australias tallest spaghetti monster statue on my dinner plate last night. Verdict? Tastiest deity ever 🙂

    November 8, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Hayden

    John 1:3
    Everything was made through Him – Jesus.
    Genesis 1:1
    The word God in Hebrew is Elohim which refers to the trinity, so Jesus was present at the creation of the Universe and nothing that was made was not made through Him.
    He was the Word – the Word of God and he later became flesh and allowed himself to be killed on the cross to die for our sins.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      The Jews have no concept of the Trinity so, um, wrong!

      November 8, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hayden

      The Old Testament wasn't fully realised by the Jews..

      Old Testament is in New Testament Revealed and The New Testament is in Old Testament Concealed
      and it is Jesus who is revealed in New Testament and who was concealed in OT.

      He will soon be coming for the 144,000, 12 tribes of Israel and the Bride which is those redeemed in Christ.

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

    People built and erected statues and monuments in ancient times because of ignorance. It looks same ignorance driving people back to the same period. There will be a time human will not have a place to live, as these Jesus, Buddha and other statues, will occupy more lands.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Daisy

    Unbelievable People still don´t know what to do with their money, so many people dying in the world, children suffering, rich geting richer and the poor geting poorer, its sad... Can a big Jesus statue help us all?

    November 8, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. flobot

    What would happen if someone built a 170 Prophet Muhammad statue?

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

      It's against their religion...so no Muslims would do that..

      November 8, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. zunedog

    i like where their head is,but for one no one knows what Jesus Christ looked like,and second isn't a statue even if its a depiction of Christ a idol, and do sent the bible say not too worship idols, and before anyone gets offended iam a Christian and dont find this kind of thing really necessary.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Singer

      Right on zunedog.

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

      You are right,the Bible does say that we should not worship any idols. I;m a Christian and try to follow what the Bible says and its clear that idols are not ok. I'm glad you know your Bible!

      November 9, 2010 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  12. Snarf Fardle

    Money used for this construction could've been used elsewhere...such as charity for the poor. Plus I don't believe Jesus (if he existed) would like this at all considering it goes against his ascetic virtues.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. HolierThanWhom

    Look folks first off Jesus isn't a god, he was a man and maybe the son-of-god to some. If someone wants to make an image or statue of him that's just fine. God/gods is what you believe them to be. No one stamped anyone's ass with a cross, crescent or star when they popped out of the womb. We are supposed to be able to think for ourselves.
    If the statue was put up in China it would have an Asian look to it's features, Nigeria it would have a black, etc.
    Most of you think you are better than the other and that your god must be the only god – it is the only god to but everyone else has their own. And the one god-given right you don't have is to impose your god/beliefs on others.
    Now back to the statue. The Polish town really missed out on a major money maker. Should have been a drive through statute where you stop your car between the feet, insert 10 euros and you get a miniature statue of the god or son-of-god of your choice.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Always fascinates me that Christians quote the Bible to atheists. As if it will have any meaning for them...?

      November 8, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jim

    Nice to know they have good Christian values, with their concern centered upon how much money the statue will bring in!

    November 8, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Redneck007

    honestly is nothing else to spend money on than a 200 foot jesus. i wonder how much good that money could have done?
    How do people expect atheists to understand these brainwashed religous ppl when there building a 200 ft jesus. this is exactly why me and thousands of people think religion is the biggest lie.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • chuckbalt

      So, you are going to sell your computer, cell phone, and hi-def television and give all the money to the poor. I think not.

      November 8, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Read-in

      Don't allow the errors of normal people to keep you from seeking the real truth. Jesus is truth. Soon all all our own meaningless endeavors and desires will melt away like a facade, and the truth will be revealed for all to see.

      November 8, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      If it weren't for the Christian Religion, there would be no charitable organizations at all.

      November 9, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      Except for maybe Oprah's and Angelina Jolie's.

      November 9, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
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