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. Dorkus Maximus

    Wow–if only they'd gone with this headline: "Polish Town Sees Erection of 170 Foot Tall Jesus"

    November 8, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Brian

    Seems to me that Jesus would be a lot happier if the money that it took to build this was used to help the poor.

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

      No doubt the statue will have its intended effect and the community will benefit for decades to come. Want an example? Travel to Eureka Springs, Arkansas and take a look at Christ of the Ozarks. It's only 67 feet tall and has been called the "Gumby Jesus". Still, during the summer and the weeks before Easter, you can't get near the place with every room for 50 miles booked up so touirists can see Jesus and the city's never ending Passion Play.

      November 8, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • New-user-

      Definitely.

      November 8, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • jd

      Yup. But religion has been more about grand eyesores than it has been about the poor for hundreds of years.

      November 8, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      That reminded me of John 12:3-7 ....
      Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.
      But one of His deciples, Judas Iscarot....said, "why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?".....
      But Jesus said "Let her alone, she has kept this for the day of My burial. For the poor you have with you always, but Me you do not have always."

      I dunno, to me it seems that this shows homage to Jesus, and maybe it'll provide inspiration to someone. Personally I wouldn't condone such a gigantic structure, and it is a little over the top, but the church still gives to the poor and needy.

      November 8, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      PaddyReagan – No doubt that the community will benefit, but how many actual poor people will? I suspect that businesses will benefit from an increase in tourism, but will that ultimately benefit people who have no business or who are actually poor? I hope so, but am doubtful.

      November 8, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      and jd, I just learned about this yesterday, but there was a guy in our church who used to show up totally plastered every sunday, sometimes he'd just hang out in the parking lot rather than come inside, he was a complete and total disaster of an alcoholic, he lost all his teeth; was just a total wreck...
      He recomitted his life to the Lord, and now he teaches an alcoholic recovery group at our church, and the church all pitched in to buy him new dental implants. So, Christians do help the poor.... This was just one small example. It just isn't in huge gigantic events, we're told to do it privately.

      November 8, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will

      AMEN!

      November 8, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Scott Torrance

    there has to be some kind of polish joke here....

    November 8, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. treborzap

    "More people will visit Swiebodzin and leave their money," At the end of the day it's all about the money! so much so it was mentioned twice in this short article... "The cost of the statue was covered by local donations" Seems like Jesus is still BIG business.

    November 8, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BrickellPrincess

    That think looks creepy. I'd rather build a statue to Zeus. He's just as mythical and make belief as this Jesus thing you're all suffering from. http://www.jesusneverexisted.com

    November 8, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jesus's publicist

    First, Jesus would like to let everyone know that he's honored and humbled by this latest and largest statue of himself. However, Many of you know that Jesus himself was a carpenter – and as such – he greatly admires the artwork and craftsmanship that went into this monument. That said, Jesus is a bit confused by the peoples choices of energy and resources. Surely the money donated to create such a statue could have been put to better uses? Surely the time and effort spent crafting and detailing this mega-statue, could have been better served on the needy and poor?
    Sadly, it is with much regret that Jesus will be asking the Polish people and specifically the polish priest to stop using Jesus or God's name in connection with this piece.
    It would be, as Jesus notes, the height of irresponsibility to endorse such an endeavor when so much of the world is plauged with evil and corrpution, death and destruction, greed and despair.
    This will be Jesus' final comments on the statue, he has asked that I close with these remarks:

    It doesnt even look like me, Come On Man!

    November 8, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rbnlegnd101

      I was wondering how long it would take for someone to point out that if there was a historical jesus, born in that place at that time, he would not have looked like that. Totally wrong ethnic group.

      November 8, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. nick rymond

    THERE ARE COUNTLESS VERSES IN THE BIBLE WITH JESUS SPEAKING TO GOD AS MY FATHER. THIS ALONE IS PROOF THAT JESUS IS NOT GOD. AND THAT HE TOO MUST ASK GOD FOR HELP. JESUS AND GOD ARE NOT ONE. JESUS IS A PROPHET. A GREAT ONE INDEED. BUT HE IS NOT GOD. ANY WORSHIP OF JESUS IS IDOLTRY. READ THE KORAN AND GET THE FACTS. AND DONT LISTEN TO FOX FOR YOUR ISLAMIC INFO. TERRORISM IS A SIN IN ISLAM.

    November 8, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • LaRofromNorthAL

      Obviously you missed the Catholic teachings of the Holy Trinity – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Three persons in one God. Based on this teachings yes, we do believe Jesus IS God. Not a prophet.

      November 8, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dover

      Your ALL CAPS reveal that you are new to teh internets. Stop shouting at us and start posting sensible comments noob.

      November 8, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOHN MCCAIN

      I HAD ORANGE JUICE FOR BREAKFAST. I LIKE HORSES. MY SHIRT IS PINK.

      November 8, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • J2

      I'm still confused, how do the WONDER TWINS FIT INTO THIS?

      November 8, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ronald Raygun

    hey should of made a statue of fred flintstone

    November 8, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. pooperscooper

    They have the tallest Jesus so they must be the most Christian of all Christians!

    November 8, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • J2

      They are really missing an opportunity here. They need to build them as tall, but also as robots. They could stage cage matches against other cities giant Jesuses and even against big Bhudda's and whatever. It would raise far more money than just a stationary Jesus.

      November 8, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jon

    I understand Poland wants to make this into a major tourist attraction; satisfying those non-Jews visiting the country by taking their minds off Auschwitz and the other Nazi concentration camps that most of the native Poles deny ever existed.

    November 8, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Spring Temple Budha

    This guy isn't even in the top ten of oversized monuments! Jesus needs to step it up a notch, the budhsts have this market cornered!

    November 8, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. willie

    I can't think of a more fitting idol for delusional xtians. A 170 foot statue of jezeus, made of plaster and fiberglass.
    That should last 15 years or so!

    November 8, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ricardo

    Jesus would have prefered to donate all the money and to feed the poor, rather than using the money to construct this statue

    November 8, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • LaRofromNorthAL

      Seriously. This is religious marketing of a town, not religion.

      November 8, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • your guest

      The poor would all be hungry again by 5pm.

      November 8, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Seth

    I didn't realize that Jesus was so...Caucasian.

    November 8, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rbnlegnd101

      No one wants to pray to a foriegner. It's mighty inconvenient that there are so many middle easterners there in the middle east, but that's an easily overlooked detail.

      November 8, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yoda

      Rbnlegnd101. What are even talking about? " No one wants to pray to a foreigner". I you saying Jesus is a foreigner? And of what country is he foreign to? Is Jesus American? And we don't want to pray to the Polish one? Or Jesus is a white person and and if he was darker in color, Americans wouldn't want to pray to that statue?

      November 8, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Al

    Somehow I don't think this is what Jesus would want.

    November 8, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Confused

      got the same feeling too and I am not that religious...

      November 8, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yoda

      Sure he would , bigger and better that is his M.O. Like the Vatican, as big as you can make it (sarcasm)

      November 8, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
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