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. KeithTexas

    This is about the most anti Jesus thing I have ever seen. I thought that American fundamentalist were crazy. Well, the Polls have out crazyied the Americans with this.

    November 9, 2010 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dave

    Jesus was a hot gay man. Why do Christians try to hide this fact?

    November 9, 2010 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  3. Frazier00


    In that case you know nothing about Poland.

    November 9, 2010 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  4. 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 9:02 am | Report abuse |

    Just what the world needs! Another statue of the god that failed. Evolve people!

    November 9, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  6. AMP

    Poland should have invested this kind of money to create jobs for its people rather than making a show off! Most of the religious organizations in the world creates instabiltiy and divides the people. Poland leaders known for this!

    November 9, 2010 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  7. Tharms

    Goal: build the tallest statue of Jesus so that tourists will visit your town and leave more money. Wow, this takes the cluelessness of Christians to a new height. Do they ever even bother to read the words that the man spoke? They certain seem incapable of applying them to their own lives.

    November 9, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  8. Heywood

    Big Butter Jeasus – heywood banks

    November 9, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |



    November 9, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  10. James Smith

    Religion has always been about power and money. Why do you think the church "leaders" wear ornaments and garments of gold? In the end, most of the problems of the world are, and always have been, caused by religion. If the money and resources expended on this obscenity were used for education and health care, how much more good would it do? But you can say that about every church and anything to do with religion.

    Mankind will never truly be free until the black yoke of religion is lifted by the clear light of truth and rational thinking.

    November 9, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      James, while Christians are by no means perfect, they are the largest suppliers of charitable giving and volunteerism in the world....I know of no other organization that contributes as go back to your comfy recliner and relax.

      November 9, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  11. Pablo

    It just hit me, in 2 days there has been hundreds of comments... :O
    I think it's amazing, that after centuries Jesus is still quiet a BIG topic. ^_^!

    November 9, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  12. kmurphh

    Sorry, believe what you want, this is in no way a statue of Yeshua...unless he was a Viking...

    November 9, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  13. Chris

    All is right and good in the world, for now we have a sufficiently large Jesus statue.

    November 9, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  14. Thomas

    So are the people of Swiebodzin building this statue of Jesus for His glory or theirs?

    What could have been done with that money in the name of Jesus instead for an idol of Jesus?

    November 9, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  15. Timmeh

    Pretty nuts to me. I wish they'd practice the principles of Jesus rather making him a tourist attraction.

    November 9, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
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