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Polish town, Swiebodzin, erects world's largest Jesus Christ statue--bigger than Rio de Janeiro's

BY Aliyah Shahid

Saturday, November 6th 2010, 4:11 PM
A crane lifts the head on the world's largest statue of Jesus Christ in Swiebodzin, western Poland, on Saturday
A crane lifts the head on the world's largest statue of Jesus Christ in Swiebodzin, western Poland, on Saturday

That is one giant Jesus.

Workers in a small town in Poland have completed what they say is the world's biggest statue of Jesus Christ.

At 167 feet tall, the one in Swiebodzin soars even higher than the famed Christ the Redeemer monument in Rio de Janeiro, which is 125 feet tall. The statue is similar to the one in Brazil, depicting Jesus standing tall with his arms outstretched.

The Polish one, however, has a large golden crown and sits on a mound.

After the construction was delayed by strong winds, a crane lifted the shoulders, arms and head onto the statue on Saturday. The arms and shoulders weigh 30 tons alone.


The idea came from retired local priest, Rev. Sylwester Zawadzki. Residents and nearby business owners said they hope it will make their 22,000-person town a landmark and bring in money to their community.

"I'm thrilled,' Emily Zoladz, 58, told The Associated Press as she watched the statue being constructed. "The statue will make Swiebodzin famous all over Poland."

The project has divided Poles has divided the deeply Catholic population and secular society, with several calling the project tacky.

But many, including 60-year-old Danuta Gordzelewska, who gathered to watch the final construction, were thrilled with the project.

"I am extremely proud," she said as the statue's head was lowered into its final place.


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Asked by Aasiyah at 5:08 AM on Nov. 22, 2010 in Religious Debate

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  • Aasiyah

    Comment by Aasiyah (original poster) at 5:11 AM on Nov. 22, 2010

  • my thoughts are... well, i hope they get the tourism they need, but it does not impress me. also it could be obnoxious to those that live there that aren't christian. it's the equivalent of all the giant "fort god" type churches down here in texas - everyone just assumes all here are christian. i am most impressed by the churches that i see making a difference in their communities rather than by the size of the church or the congregation. similarly i would be more impressed had the town done something that jesus taught about which is a far cry from erecting giant statues and attempting to draw tourists in his name.

    Answer by figaro8895 at 5:14 AM on Nov. 22, 2010

  • I hope they do get the tourism but I think the statue is rather ostentatious.

    Answer by pnwmom at 5:42 AM on Nov. 22, 2010

  • I hope it is on a hill not just a mound. The statue itself looks very impressive.

    Answer by tootoobusy at 5:43 AM on Nov. 22, 2010

  • i have a question abou tthe hair.. was Jesus hair straight like that? oh and the crown.. is that representative of the roman catholic church?? or does every christian denomination crown Jesus with a crown like that one?

    Comment by Aasiyah (original poster) at 5:44 AM on Nov. 22, 2010

  • how much do you think it cost to make that?? and doesn't the bible speak against saints and statues??

    Comment by Aasiyah (original poster) at 5:45 AM on Nov. 22, 2010

  • Worship of a statue- yes it's in there and it is against it. Just think of how much money went into making it and what that money could of done for so many less unfortunate ppl.


    Answer by aitson at 6:26 AM on Nov. 22, 2010

  • he looks like King Aurthur to me.




    Answer by samurai_chica at 6:51 AM on Nov. 22, 2010

  • *Maybe* this sculptor man was dwelling on how to get the area's people to come together and accept an expectation of Jesus arriving>
    Yes, it's true we aren't supposed to make any graven images of anything on the earth, in the sea, or in heaven.
    But I have to wonder why he had so much thought?
    Perhaps it's his expression of the peace we will be getting once the saviour returns to take our earth back .
    I can only hope this will not ''cause divisions''. Let's hope it won't

    Answer by coffeeyum at 7:59 AM on Nov. 22, 2010

  • samurai..i was thinking same!!! LOL!! when i was a child and i saw my first huge statue of JC (Christ of the Ozarks..not sure how tall he is..Eureka Springs, ARK), i was wowed. i'd never seen anything that big, other than the downtown buildings of OKC.
    as an adult, i just find it hilarious, wasteful, and ridiculous. at least they don't charge a fee to see these things, right? (idk about this new one..didn't follow the link.)

    Answer by dullscissors at 8:11 AM on Nov. 22, 2010

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