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. Francis

    This is a complete WASTE of money. Period.

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

      Privately funded.... People can spend money on whatever they want, moron. If you don't like it, go cry in a corner. Likewise, feel free to spend money on whatever you want that *they* might think is a complete waste. I'm sure you already do anyway.

      November 8, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. gilligan

    I liked Jesus before he was all famous

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

    Well as long as his robe is covering the sin of nakedness I guess it's ok

    November 8, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. MM

    How did they get it so wrong. Jesus was not a white man! It's time that people correct the wrong imagery that has been passed down through the centuries for so long. If you read his historical roots, any idiot will know that he could not have even been of any single pure race.

    November 8, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dave

    Cool. I knew about the famous one in Rio...I didn't even know about the taller one in Bolivia though. Poland just had to outdo them :).

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

      Well now.......we got us a real bible thumper....Please read Carl Sagan's "Demon Haunted World" and learn why you think
      about spirits and redeemers and ancient cravings for eternal life.

      November 8, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pigeon Man

    How are they gonna clean off the bird poop?

    November 8, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. stanton

    THE CATHOLIC CHURCH HAS ALL KIND'S OF MONEY TO PUT UP THINGS LIKE THIS ,BUT HAVE A FIT WHEN SOME COURT AWARDS MONEY TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN MOLESTED BY THIER PEDIPHILE PREISTS WHO CAN'T KEEP THIER HANDS OFF OF OTHER PEOPLE'S CHILDREN AND SPEND ALL KINDS OF THIER ILL GOTTEN GAINS PROTECTING THESE SAME PRIESTS!!!! THIS STATUE IS AN INSULT TO THESE VICTIM'S!!!!!

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

    Yet another perpetual lie of what Jesus looked like. Anyone with a little bit of sense can read the Bible and the historical books and know that Jesus did not look like this. He was not white.

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

      I don't recall him wearing too many gold crowns, either. It's a Catholic thing..

      November 8, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Pete

    Wow. Really unclear on that "graven image" commandment aren't they?

    November 8, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • dj

      Just go to St. Peters and look up towards the top of the dome: "To the glory of St. Peter; Sixtus V, pope, in the year 1590 and the fifth year of his pontificate." One gets the feeling that sometimes there are other motives behind all of this religious imagery :>).

      November 8, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Biased

    To visit a Christ in cold, damp Poland or to visit a Christ in sunny Rio de Janeiro surrounded by beaches and bikini women. (and occasional carnaval , if you go in February)
    Tough choice.

    November 8, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Achromatic

    C Zenko, Your so right !

    November 8, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Spendlove

    Idol worship.. thou should not.

    November 8, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mike

    I think it's hilarious....HEY !....MY GIANT JESUS IS BIGGER THAN YOUR GIANT JESUS !!!....Oh well...whatever floats your boat....

    November 8, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mike

    I'm sure it's been pointed out, but this statue reflects everything that Christ was AGAINST.

    November 8, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Not All Docs Play Golf

    Bet Pope Benedict XVI has statue envy. I don't understand the photo. Are they installing a big spring in the neck to make it a bobblehead?

    November 8, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
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