About 15,000 Christian pilgrims and tourists streamed into the western Polish town of Swiebodzin on Sunday for the unveiling of what has been billed as the world’s tallest statue of Jesus, police said.
The brainchild of retired local Roman Catholic priest Sylwester Zawadzki, the figure soars to a height of 33 metres, symbolising the 33 years Jesus lived on earth.
It is three metres taller than Brazil’s statue of Christ the Redeemer, which stands on a mountain top overlooking Rio de Janeiro.
The three-metre gold crown gracing the 440-tonne Polish statue, said to symbolise the three years of Christ’s ministry on earth, brings the monument’s overall height to 36 metres.
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