The Warsaw Business Journal reported Monday that the world’s tallest statue of Jesus was completed over the past weekend in the small Polish town of Świebodzin. The body measures 33 meters (one for each of Jesus’ years of life) plus a three-meter gold crown and a 16-meter base bring the statue’s total height to 52 meters (over 170 feet). The statue is composed of fiberglass and plaster; a 700-ton crane was needed to lift the figure’s outstretched arms and crowned head into place. It cost more than $1.5 million to build.
The statue is over 12 meters taller than Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer and over 11 meters taller the Cristo de la Concordia in Cochabamba, Bolivia. The project has been the lifelong ambition of Father Sylwester Zawadzki, who recovered from two heart attacks during the construction process. “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,” he said. The statue will be officially consecrated on November 21.