Jesus Statue in Poland
The largest statue in the world of Jesus is in Poland. The statue of Christ is 33 meters high. This represents one meter for every year of Jesus’ life. On top there are 2 additional meters as there sites a golden crown. The base of the stature is18 meters which makes the statue 51 meters in total. This out does the Jesus statue in Rio by 13 meters. It weights 27 metric tons.
The location of the statue is in western Polish town of Swiebodzin which has a population of 22,000. The construction cost a 1.5 million and took five years. It was funded by donations.
Why the largest Statue of Jesus was built in Poland
On one hand, the Jesus statue in Poland is built in honor of our Lord. On the other hand, some people say it is not in the spirit of humility that Jesus taught.
My perspective on this as an American and Pole is this, Poland is a religious country. I often see long lines at the confessionals and churches so filled with people that people are standing outside the church. Although many people criticizes people who go to church, for going there to show up, I can tell you I know no Polish person that goes to church to show up or be seen. Not one. People go because they sincerely are trying to live a good life. Poles are very humble peaceful people for the most part. People who criticizes this want to sir up attention for media reasons than out of any understanding or sincerity.
I personally might have an issues in the political abstract sense about the way things are done in the Roman Catholic church, but this statue is not about that. I think it was built in honor of “Christ the King” rather than anything to do with ego. Rev. Sylwester Zawadzki was the priest behind the dream. The 78 year old builder priest also erected two churches. Always focus on the positive:
- This Jesus monument is not much different from building a cathedral in honor of God. It is to make the world that the message of Jesus is still alive today.
- When Poland was entering the EU John Paul II stated that Poland has a lot of positive things to benefit from this Union, but also Western Europe can benefit from Poland, especially in terms of belief. And yes I think Western Europe is lacking in faith and the effects can be seen.
- Pilgrimages are still done in Poland like in the Middle Ages. It is not uncommon for students to visit shrines like “Our Lady of Czestochowa” over a week long pilgrimage walking there. I do not know if this statue will be a site for serious pilgrimages, I think more for tourists, or at least religious tourists, which are like pilgrims lite. However, I like it.
- The Polish language translation of this figure is Pomnik Chrystusa Króla – I think the literal translation is apparent. Pomnik is monument it is kind of related to the Polish word for remember which is pamiętać.
The style of the art sculpture
The style is modern and classical. Classical in the sense that it is proportional and clean lines. Modern in the sense that is it nothing like an ancient classic which would be more dramatic and flowing in my opinion. I think they did a good job with the construction. Let me know what your thoughts are about the worlds largest statue of Jesus in Poland.