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World’s tallest Jesus statue completed

In World News on November 12, 2010 at 8:04 pm

By: Courtney Harrington

The world's tallest Jesus statue was completed in Poland in early November. Photo courtesy of Google images

            In the early days of November, the world’s tallest statue of Jesus Christ was completed in Swiebodzin, Poland after five years of construction. The figure surpasses the height of statues all around the world. The statue itself is 33 meters tall and sits on a mound that adds even more height. According to the priest who created the statue, Sylwester Zawadzki, each meter is for every year that Jesus lived. With the height of the mound, the statue reaches to be 51 meters high, making it the tallest in the world. Originally, Zawadzki simply wanted a “small garden sculpture.”

            The people of Swiebodzin gathered around the base of the statue to watch as workers completed the job. On November 6, citizens of the area watched the arms and shoulders slowly being attached to the body. The head was the last piece to be positioned onto the body by a 700-ton crane. On top of the head sat a golden crown fit for a king standing three meters tall. When the head was finally positioned, the crowd erupted in applause, some even praying. “I have never been as happy as I am today. This is the culmination of my life’s work as a priest,” Zawadzki expressed.

            The statue was funded by private donations from all around the world; however, the prices would not be reveled. The people of Swiebodzin hope that the statue will bring in tourists to help their economy in a way the statue in Rio de Janeiro has helped their own. Supporters say that tourists will help turn the town into a “second Czestochowa.” Czestochowa is Poland’s most popular pilgrimage site. “More people will visit Swiebodzin and leave their money,” Dariusz Bekisz, the mayor of Swiebodzin, claimed.

            The statue of Jesus Christ has begun to divide the Poles. While many people love and adore the newly created monument, others find it tacky and wrong. Some residents claimed that the money would have been better spent on local projects in the area. Others, such as Catholics, say that the statue should simply be abandoned by the people. The chief building inspector has also received threats. Another large concern the people have is the safety of the statue. Builders claim that the mound on which the statue stands is not stable enough for such a large design.

            The creation of the statue has brought debate among the people of Swiebodzin. Even though many people approve of the large monument, others find it unsafe, tacky and a sign of “God’s disapproval.” Will the world’s new tallest statue end up being a downfall for the city of Swiebodzin?

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  1. Esto es muy interesante. Treinta y tres metros es muy alto!

  2. Great story Courtney

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