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. Zeke

    Bible says not to worship idols. Priests build a huge Jesus statue.

    Bible says to give money to the poor. Priests spend it on huge Jesus statue.

    Looks like Christianity is a perfect 2-0 on hypocrisy today.

    November 8, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jimiatlas

    Does the head fly? Instead of Zardoz, maybe Nazarinedoz!!!!

    November 8, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Starr

    First of all, all these statues and images are all idols that the bible states is against God. Good grief do we really need a statue of Jesus whether he was black or white to pray to? Get real people! That is so wrong!

    November 8, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cancelled my trip to sunny Rio de Janeiro

    ... and am going to Poland instead. Can't wait to visit that lovely cold country and see the big Jesus !!!

    November 8, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bob

    Next we'll see giant Moses (Mosie?) Mohammads, Ganeshes, and Joseph Smiths popping up all over the place. Where will it end?

    November 8, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Tolerance

      look at the top of the LDS/cult temples and you will see giant gold statues of Joe Smith and Brigham Young.

      November 8, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Hugh George Gazim

    Kind of looks like Hulk Hogan...
    What are you going to do, when Christianity runs wild all over you? Brutha!

    November 8, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. AmishAirline

    When is someone going to tell you silly Christians that Jesus was a black man? Every time you weirdos erect a statue, dude gets whiter and whiter.

    November 8, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ihaveabelton

      He was not black either. Look at the people that live in that region now. Are israelis, palestinians, jordanians white? are they black? No. They all have dark olive skin and black hair. Black Jesus and white jesus are made up to suit the color of the respective worshiping groups. Get a clue amishairlines.

      November 8, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mike

    Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)
    Ozymandias

    I met a traveller from an antique land,
    Who said - "two vast and trunkless legs of stone
    Stand in the desert ... near them, on the sand,
    Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
    And wrinkled lips, and sneer of cold command,
    Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
    Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
    The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
    And on the pedestal these words appear:
    My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings,
    Look on my Works ye Mighty, and despair!
    Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
    Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
    The lone and level sands stretch far away."

    November 8, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mike

    With apologies to someone...." I don't care if it rains or freezes , long as I got my giant Jesus "

    November 8, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Guest

    Good thing it wasn't erected in the USA cause some Liberal Atheist group would have it encased in a box.

    November 8, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Matt

    Treat your religion like you treat your genitals; keep it covered in public and don't shove it down your kids throat.

    November 8, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rbnlegnd101

      You win. Two whole internets for you!

      November 8, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      You should die, I know you touch children.

      November 8, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Horrible

    I cannot speak for the will of Christ, but based off of his actions in the bible:

    The will of Christ is probably to tear down the statue and sell the scrap metal so that the poor in the area might be fed and therefore understand his grace and love.

    To all of those arguing about his skin color and looks, who cares? I think if you would deny Christ because of his skin color he would likely deny you, but then again, he is full of grace.

    November 8, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hagar Slacks

      His statue is full of air and is made of plaster and fiberglass. You think the statue is him? Are you really that stupid?

      November 8, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Horrible

      @Hagar

      I think Christ is the Christ, I think that statue is just a statue.

      November 8, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hagar Slacks

      @Horrible
      Good answer. But who was really going around denying Jesus because of his actual skin color anyway? Hmm?

      November 8, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Horrible

      @Hagar

      I don't know that anybody on here is denying him because of skin color, but there does seem to be a lot of arguments about it, my point is that it does not really matter what color skin he had or eye color.

      I guess I am inferring this because Christ stated the seond most important commandment was "Love your neighbor as yourself".

      November 8, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. AmericanPieX

    is idol worship part of Christianity??

    pictures and idols of Jesus are found everywhere, from churches, to necklaces to ever over looking a heathen city like Rio.

    Jesus would be turning over in his grave if he were in there!!

    November 8, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. RemoveableBing

    Wasn't he supposed to be humble? Was this the best use of money? Wouldn't helping the needy be more in line with what Jesus would have done?

    November 8, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. OMG

    Jeebus with a severed head!! Im gonna be scarred for life!!!

    November 8, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
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