One Almighty statue: Poles build 167ft Jesus Christ to rival Rio's
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Posted 07 November 2010 - 01:48 PM
Step aside, Rio de Janeiro. This town is building a Jesus bigger than yours. A Polish priest is on the verge of realising his dream of putting up what he says will be the world's largest statue of Jesus Christ in a small town in western Poland. The giant Jesus at 167ft - a couple of yards higher than the iconic Christ the Redeemer monument in Rio de Janeiro at 125ft - took two days to build as windy weather conditions prevented it being completed in one day.
The torso of Jesus Christ remained topless over night as heavy winds prevented cranes from lifting the torso, arms and head onto the lower half of the robed white figure. The project cost almost £900,000 with money donated from across the spectrum to fund the big idea. From business people to poor people wanting to make a contribution to the church, work on the statue finally began in 2008.
Many Poles are embarrassed by the project which is the brainchild of priest, Rev. Sylwester Zawadzki.
Maciej Czerniewski, a 45-year-old who runs a small store in the shopping center opposite said he is deeply embarrassed by it and accused the priest of 'megalomania'
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