Poland to build world's largest Jesus Christ statue —
A small Polish town has sought to place itself on the global tourist
map by building the world's largest statue of Jesus, eclipsing Rio's
famous Christ the Redeemer. More images after the break...
The statue of Jesus Christ in Swiebodzin is due for completion in November Photo: EPA
Swiebodzin, a Polish town of
21,000 near the German border, will soon be home to a 33-metre effigy
of Christ, which, along with a crown that adds a further two metres and
its 16-metre mound will put all other statues dedicated to the son of
God in its shade. Due for completion in November, the monument should
pip the world's current record holder, Bolivia's Cristo de la Concodia
statue, by some nine metres, and look down on the world famous statue
in Rio de Janeiro, which stands just 30 metres tall minus its plinth.
Although erected ostensibly to show gratitude to God, the town hopes
having the massive statue will bring tourists into a community that has
lain off the beaten track for most of its existence.
we had opened a racetrack or a golf course here, tourists would have
come only for the season. But with a statue of Jesus the season will
last the whole year," a local official told Wprost, a weekly news
With construction nearing the end, engineers face the hazardous task of
lifting the figure's massive head and shoulders into place, which,
officials say, might require the use of a helicopter. By Matthew Day in Warsaw