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. sam

    idolatry.

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

    ARen't a couple of the 10 commandments related to not worshipping idols? Surely the message of Christianity is powerful enough to persuade people of its truth – no need to try and impress people with a huge and ugly concrete statue? Oh wait, no it isn't.

    November 8, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jean

    God knows, sees and hears all things. He does not deceive and cannot be deceived. Nothing escapes him and no one can hide from him.
    Fools say in their heart there is no God.
    God is not mocked. Those who mock God and the Christian religion, in time they will receive just what they deserve from no other but God Himself.
    As it is said "Religious folks are happier and healthier."
    Choose God and choose life in Heaven rather than death in Hell for all eternity.
    Our Lord Jesus Christ said: "He will find everyone and give them their fair and just recompense as they deserve.
    Recognize God as the Creator and Ruler of the world. Love God. Worship Him, pray to Him, perform good works in Jesus Name that when you die you may be rewarded for "only your good works" if they exceed the bad ones. Those who do good will go to Heaven. Those who do evil will go to Hell. Prepare yourself for the inevitable. I reiterate, for your own good and eternal happiness, choose life and not death. You will do well to pay heed.

    November 8, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Hayden

    Jesus was King of the Jews and he still is, He will soon come for the 12 tribes of Israel 12,000 in each tribe, 144,000 in total.

    November 8, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      144,000?? so, no much hope for many more... i guess in 2000 years the tickets are sold out already.... what sect is this you are in, for god's sake????

      November 8, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Enlightenment

    We are raising money to build a 666 foot tall Satan! He will kicks your statues a-s-s!

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

    OMG, so much hatred against a man who spread only love, love, love. By the way I wonder about all these anti-Christs, do they celebrate Christmas. I feel sure most of them do. On what basis then ? ? ?

    November 8, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • prospero121

      Look it up and enlighten yourself. "Christmas" was long celebrated during the same time every year, just under a different name. Isn't oppression just dandy.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yule

      November 9, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rick Reed

    Ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous. Sober up over there. And who's going to keep that thing clean of bird crap?

    November 8, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Molly

    Hope this one doesn't get struck by lightening and burn down like the Giant Jesus that was near Cincinnati Ohio until this June. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_of_Kings_(statue)

    November 8, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Godzgirl16

    I trul ydo onot belive that they should have done this. I am 100 percent christina, and I belive that there is no other God, and that Jesus is the son of God, and came to die on the cross for us. Bue the reason I am so against this is because, think about it, it's just another way for people to worship an IDOL! God does want us to prsy to him, but not to a statue in his image! He even says it in the 10 commandments: "For thou shall not make or worhip any idol in mu image." And thsats EXACTLY WHAT THIS IS! Let's face it, there are people worshiping that idol/statue at this very momoent1 and the crazy part about it is, is that they think its ok!

    November 8, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. aPolishPerson

    As a Polish person, I must say this is a disappointing story to read. This money could be much better spent on things such as education, developing our relatively poor healthcare, or building highways, which we essentially don't have. Yet this appears to be a priority to the clergy that run my country. I am disappointed.

    November 8, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guru

      finally...we hv one sensible Polish citizen...lol

      November 9, 2010 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
  11. ProudJew

    What a nice idol. lol
    Judiasm is the only Truth

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

      what a way to be closed-minded

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

      "Judiasm" is the only truth? So, the only truth is a misspelled word...?

      November 8, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • b

      Probably if you were really Jewish, you wouldn't have misspelled Judaism. Just sayin'...

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

      i gave my girlfriend a Judiasm just before i left for work, this morning...

      November 10, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. voiceofreason

    Religion is like rooting for a football team. The more people you have rooting for your team, the stronger your voice is (more money, power, resources), so naturally you want as many people on your side as possible. Hence, all religions have recruiting going on all around the world, all the time. In days past, this was done by force, coersion, and bloodshed... all in the name of the home team. Those that didn't support the home team were doomed (is that what God really wanted?)

    Bottom line... No one is right and no one is wrong when it comes to religious beliefs. Do what makes you feel good. Once we all realize this, the world will be a much happier and much less violent place.

    November 8, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • chuckbalt

      If no one is right and no one is wrong, then there are no absolutes. Thus anything goes..within reason of course. But who decides what is within reason if there are no absolutes? Why, I guess I do...so I get what I want –at your expense.

      November 8, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • asrael

      That's right, Chuck; you get to decide the absolutes. Keep up the good work...

      November 8, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Read-in

      "No one is right and no one is wrong when it comes to religous beliefs"

      Well either everyone is wrong or at least one is right. Certainly not all are right if their claims are mutually exclusive. However, to say that a religous belief is neither right nor wrong is illogical and an internally inconsistent statement.

      November 8, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • voiceofreason

      There is no "winning team" in this game, the game never ends. And Chuck, I see what you're trying to say. Man's laws are based on religious beliefs. But it doesn't take religion to create law, to define right and wrong. Most of us know how to be good people and follow rules without it. Those that don't follow the rules are taken out of the game... permanently!!

      November 9, 2010 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  13. shahid yaquob janjooa

    when you have lost your creditbility in believe, you start show something like this

    November 8, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. VoiceofReason

    Finally, a person with some common sense! I’ll take a stroll in the middle of the night through the Brooklyn ghetto rather than a walk during the day in the Bible belt. It is 2010 people, not the dark ages! Religion is the oldest form of government to keep sheeple like you in fear and obedience, I guess it is doing its job! 🙂

    November 8, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Six

    I love people who can't be happy rejecting Christ, but have to rub it in, as if....somehow their useless existence converting oxygen into carbon dioxide was by accident. God gives everyone one chance around this world and it's up to you what you do with it.
    Some on here say "It's so sad" that the money was used to build this inspiration to Christians instead of spend it on poor or to educate. That's the same tired argument as used for "Touchdown Jesus" in Cincinnati.
    You who don't accept Christ....I don't look down my nose at you, most Christians don't. It's your choice.
    Christians aren't Christians because they're perfect, they are because they want to be more perfect than they are.

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

      Trying to reconcile "I don't look down my nose at you" with the remark about the "useless existence" of others. Not having much luck with that attempt...

      November 8, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
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