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. Mitchell

    except the fact that he used the false image of Jesus, he was likely middle eastern or black. Do some research and you'll find out that the standard image of Jesus is Cesare Borgia, the son of Pope Alexander VI.

    November 8, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. N0tAmused

    Are you sure this is supposed to represent Jesus??? The face certainly doesn't look very Jewish to me – where are his peyot? And a trimmed beard? Come on folks! Let's make him look realistic!

    November 8, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. Goodstuff

    Wasn't there something in the bible (pronounced bib-elle) about idolatry?

    November 8, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. SnowBear80

    So the people posting who think Christianity is bunk – you'll be working on Thanksgiving and Christmas, right? You certainly won't be doing something so silly as giving thanks for what you have, praying for peace, joy, love and, above all, sharing presents.

    November 8, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Cholm V

      Certainly not! That would make God angry!

      November 8, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Goodstuff

      Mega Jesus and the Statue of Liberty should totally hook up.

      November 8, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Goo Proo

      First of all, Thanksgiving is not a religious holiday.

      Second of all, people who are not religious can celebrate any time they want, for any reason. Christmas is a secular holiday for many, with no religious involvement at all; just family, friends, laughter and relaxation.

      Religion is hokum, and is the reason humanity will destroy itself.

      November 8, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Mitchell

      Christmas isn't REALLY a christian holiday either. Just saying.

      November 8, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric P

      The Christmas you know (the one you celebrate in December with presents, and wreaths and trees, and lights, and all that other good stuff) is a pagan tradition. Jesus Christ wasn't even born in December, it was closer to mid to late September. Ironically, Christians don't seem to know this...

      November 8, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tubby Ray

      Silly.everyone knows Xmas and Thanksgiving were co-opted from the pagans.........go to college

      November 8, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cason

      A- Thanksgiving isn't a religious holiday AND
      B- Christmas is a pagan holiday.

      Next thing that's going to happing is that you will claim Halloween is Christian too.

      November 8, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      When Christmas was a pagan holiday, it was called Winter Solstice....but the pope changed it to Christmas to celebrate Christ's birth, not declaring it the actual date of his birth...but just a day to celebrate it. Halloween is also a Christian name meaning All Hallows Eve or Holy Evening, the night before All Saints Day...also named by the same pope...but I'm not sure what the pagan name was before Halloween. Maybe Fall Pagant or Miss Pagan Universe day or something like that...i'm not sure....Historychannel.com usually knows.

      November 9, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JoeT

    It's sad but honest to wonder if they'll someday use it to hang Jews or Muslims.

    November 8, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  6. Conrad

    The Church has become Rome. Jesus never intended to have gigantic statues of himself put up; I figure he would have preferred the money be spent on helping others. I think this every time I see a giant church or the Pope in all his finery.

    November 8, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      You're absolutely correct! The Bible itself says, "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I The Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me; And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My Commandments" (Exodus 20:4-6 KJV) But that's what's so funny about religion it can delude itself so easily, or a MAN can say that's not canon. Well wasn't the whole bible supposedly orchestrated by god or has that changed now too.

      November 8, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Goo Proo

    I hope it gets bombed

    November 8, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • DAVE

      I FEEL VERY SAD FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE NO FAITH, GOOD ON YOU POLAND, LAND OF THE BRAVE, AND FAITHFUL ALLIES.

      November 8, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tubby Ray

      Well maybe not bombed but....how about another lightning strick to show who is boss?

      November 8, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • I Hear Dave

      @Dave: Thanks for putting the CAPS LOCK on. Everyone is listening now, and wow, your perspective is so much clearer.

      November 8, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zarnoc

      Seeing the Pope's plane crash into the statue would certainly make me laugh loud and long. 😀

      November 8, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ken

    The statue doesn't look like Jesus at all. The christian scriptures say he had "hair of thickest Lambs Wool, and skin of darkest Walnut" , so like much of Judea in his era...he was black.

    November 8, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Goodstuff

      A black Jesus? Don't tell white-America this...

      November 8, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bear of the North

    Imagine trying to erect a large Christian statue in a Muslim country like the United States!

    November 8, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Rbnlegnd101

      Yeah, try something like that here in the US, and gawd will strike it down with his holy lightning.

      Google, "touchdown jesus" if you are confused.

      November 8, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Hugh George Gazim

    Your own... personal... Jesus.

    November 8, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  11. Bombastic

    Jesus was not a thin white guy with a flowing mane and beard. These are european portrayals built on an artist's impression somewhere after 1000 A.D. We know based on the alleged origin of mother and the fact that his look is not considered abnormal, and he was dark or olive-skinned, and would have had a short scruffy beard with dark black hair (middle-eastern-greek looking). Thus, statutes of the "false" Jesus, just as paintings, are a bit joke on everyone.

    November 8, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Goodstuff

      Not only that but he wandered the desert for years, hanging around 12 other dudes...Just doin' stuff.

      Imagine Brokeback Mountain but with a bunch of dudes...in the sand.

      November 8, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. James

    They should have put up a statue of "Buddy Christ"... too bad for that missed opportunity.

    November 8, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Giselle

      Is it wrong that I'm laughing at this??????

      November 8, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Abdul

    Let's build a bigger one of Mohammed! Oh......wait. Nevermind.

    November 8, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. dj

    That's the same one that was at the foot of my bed last night!!

    November 8, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • WiseJuan

      Foot of your bed? Been there. What did you do with that?

      November 8, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. poulose

    He looks like a gay person. Nothing against gays.

    November 8, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      My crown looks NOTHING like that.

      November 8, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
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