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. 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 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Steven Ong

    Its a religious symbol alright, but what good is it except to attract tourists as intended. Had the people become more spiritual and loving to others? If yes, why not gives the donations to those in needs? This is what we called religion today, nothing more than buying a ticket to 'heaven'?

    November 8, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Zac

    Correct me if i'm wrong, but doesn't the bible have a few things to say about building idols to worship? Let alone humungous ones? Moses wasn't too happy about it when he came down from mount sinai...

    November 8, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Read-in

      Zac I think I'm in agreement with you. While Jesus was a man, He was also God, and the Bible forbade the making of images of God because no image could dignify the vast nature of the Almighty. In my mind there are two errors in making an image of Jesus: 1) no one really knows what He looked like except that He probably looked like a normal Jew, and 2) the image would only capture the human nature of Jesus and exclude his diety and therefore be an incomplete image.

      November 8, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. sam

    what a massive waste of money hahahaha this is soo stupid

    November 8, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sdumsa

      So it is not waste when our government build weapons of mass destruction to raise hell on earth?

      November 9, 2010 at 3:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim in NC

      Not when other governments have and would be far more willing to ACTUALLY do so were it not for our WMDs. Its called Mutually Assured Destruction, and so long as countries who have higher priorities other than reducing the earth to a radioactive ash pile are the only ones who have them, the world will go on. Now take a theocracy like Iran who sees the destruction of all that is not Islam as the only natural course for the world... the concept of MAD no longer holds sway and will ultimately result in the annihilation of humanity. Don't believe me, look at NK; a regime nuttier than squirrel poo, but they won't go shooting off their nukes because they like the power they have and know China won't protect them if they do. Iran has nothing guiding them but the religous dictates of their supreme leader, and the brainwashed islamic military that will control the "Button' if they get their way.

      November 9, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim in NC

      oops, that was in reply to this comment...
      "Sdumsa

      So it is not waste when our government build weapons of mass destruction to raise hell on earth?

      November 9, 2010 at 3:25 am"

      November 9, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  5. mnsoldier

    its always about money, it is not about "GOD" it is about the church, mosque, or temple taking from people and lining their pockets. Also to control people. Dont fall for it. just walk away from the lies found in the Trilogy of hate and abuse.

    Know God Get no Peace
    No GOD and know Peace

    November 8, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Read-in

      Unfortunately people, temples, churches, mosques and other human endeavors are imperfect attempts to do the will of God. God is as real and living as you are, but there are many deceivers.

      November 8, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Don

    You've heard the saying "Pearls before Swine I'm sure....it comes from the Biblical injunction not to "cast your pearls before swine." Pearls, of course, are considered to be things of great value, and swine (pigs) are often considered to be lowly animals.
    Thus, the phrase translates as "Don't waste something valuable by giving it to someone who doesn't/can't appreciate it." This can apply to words/thoughts/wisdom as well as physical objects, and the expression is frequently used in a condescending fashion.
    There ya go...... "Swine" Hahaahaaa! Get a frickin' Clue.

    November 8, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. choe_mu_seon

    How can people even tell? Middle East and Europeans look pretty much the same except skin color. And this statue has no skin color. Insecure much?

    November 8, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mnsoldier

    More man made cr@p to convince people that "GOD" exists. What a bunch of bull, sheeple will flock there (good play on words) to spend money that will go to Rome. I will help to pay for past and of course future pedophile cases.
    When will people learn that statues do not equal god.

    November 8, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mnsoldier

    More man made cr@p to convince people that "GOD" exists. What a bunch of bull, sheeple will flock there (good play on words) to spend money that will go to Rome. It will help to pay for past and of course future pedophile cases.
    When will people learn that statues do not equal god.

    November 8, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Don

    As mentioned above, comesAs mentioned above, comes from the Biblical injunction not to "cast your pearls before swine." Pearls, of course, are considered to be things of great value, and swine (pigs) are often considered to be lowly animals.

    Thus, the phrase translates as "Don't waste something valuable by giving it to someone who doesn't/can't appreciate it." This can apply to words/thoughts/wisdom as well as physical objects, and the expression is frequently used in a condescending fashion.
    from the Biblical injunction not to "cast your pearls before swine." Pearls, of course, are considered to be things of great value, and swine (pigs) are often considered to be lowly animals.

    Thus, the phrase translates as "Don't waste something valuable by giving it to someone who doesn't/can't appreciate it." This can apply to words/thoughts/wisdom as well as physical objects, and the expression is frequently used in a condescending fashion.

    November 8, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. FIRE

    The worlds biggest statue. And the article is complete with the worlds smallest picture.
    Goes to show how tiny CNN really is.

    November 8, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. John

    Why not use the money for vaccination of disease stricken, third-world, countries? Why not help the starving Africans, or the sick? What would Jesus do?

    November 8, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tom

    Will there ever be a point when Jesus is no longer represented as a white-boy rock star? He was a desert Jew with dark skin and curly hair. How do I know this? Any one else ever been to the Holy Lands? See for yourself.

    November 8, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Read-in

      Who came up with these typical pictures for Jesus. My wife has one on the wall. He looks Irish.

      November 8, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Northern

    Just more Religious B.S. Who cares, move along nothing of importance here to read or see.

    RELIGION........SCREWING THE WORLD AND LITTLE BOYS SINCE DAY #1

    November 8, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. abby

    Considering that the Poles endured horrors under the Nazis and then the Communists - they kept their faith - if they choose to donate to building a statue of Jesus that's their choice -

    November 8, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
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