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. OriginalMFer

    A enormous Flying Spaghetti Monster would have been better. Maybe they can fit one next to Jebus.

    November 8, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dave

    Yeah, that's exactly what Jesus was all about – glorifying himself with a statue...

    November 8, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bsitz

    Yeah thats what Jesus would want. Screw the poor, erect a huge statue of MEEEEEEE

    November 8, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. sid

    This must be today's "Pollack joke".

    November 8, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jesus

    Those Poles know that I don't like cold weather. What are they doing ?
    Take me back to Rio de Janeiro, could ya ?

    November 8, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Awesome

    This is truly beautiful. For those of you too small minded to understand, Poland is 99% Catholic and they live by their faith. If you ever get a chance to frive through the countryside, each and every front yard is filled with flowers and a small statue of our Blessed Mother. It is humbling. If you cannot respect that, please keep your opinions and mind your manners. Not everyone lives as you do.

    November 8, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zarnoc

      God, you sound like the smarmiest person on here. If there was an award for that sort of thing, you would get my vote.

      November 8, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cancelled my trip to sunny Rio de Janeiro

      Hey hey ... Poland is great : cold, boring and beautiful flowers in the 20 days of sun it gets in a year.

      November 8, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Neil Grey

    I can't see too many tourists saying..."hey honey, for our vacation.....rather than going to Rio, I think we should consider going to Poland instead....they have a bigger Jesus" ........HA!

    November 8, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Henry

    Sad how twisted Jesus' message has become. Jesus was all about being kind and humble. Wasting resources to achieve some worldly Tallest! accolade is nothing about kindness and humility, it's all about pride in excess and wanting fame.

    November 8, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kelly

    They should have used that money to buy something important.

    November 8, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tim Liptsvitch

    I think I remember something about not bowing down before graven images, but whatever Ba'al, I mean Jesus, wants, Jesus gets.

    November 8, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. would have thought this really cool when i was a kid

    Anyone else reminded of the enormous statues of kings in the Lord of the Rings movie?

    November 8, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. No No No

    What a waste of time and money.

    November 8, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Not All Docs Play Golf

    Boy, that would take up my whole dashboard!

    November 8, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ospunky28

    My girlfriend is Polish and I had an opportunity to visit a couple of regions last year. The funny thing i noticed about the country was it was very somber. They are one foot out of communism! Crosses everywhere by the roadsides in the towns of Plezew and Poznan to remind you of religion. It's all in your face! They are heavily involved into Catholocism, etc. The catholic priest are corrupt just like they are here in America raping little kids but the priest are never wrong and the people know what's going on! The citizens are severly brainwashed and have lost touch with real social issues.
    I'm all for religion if that's what your beliefs are, but get a grip on reality as well!
    I'm athiest but i have to tell you i saw a church that was made of solid gold and those people should have a more vested interest in getting their roads and infastructure together rather than building 24 carrot gold churches and 170 statues of Jesus!! You know things are a bit skewed when a society has no problem building such ornate structures, but yet people are dying every 1/2 hour from head on collisions due to a faulty roads system. RIDICULOUS!!

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

    Oy... the religious insanity continues. Lets ignore the fact for a moment that the overwhelming money used to produce and erect this giant could and should have been put to MUCH better uses. Instead, lets focus on white Christians refusal to acknowledge the fact that, even if you believe in the mythology, Jesus was a MIDDLE EASTERN JEW. Not a viking or any other Anglo-Saxon race. Portraying Jesus as a white man is just plain laughable. But then, so is religion as a rule.

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