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Christ the King Statue, Swiebodzin

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Christ the King is an Art Deco statue of Jesus Christ in Świebodzin, western Poland, completed on 6 November 2010. The figure is 33m tall, the crown is 3m tall, and along with its mound, it reaches 52.5m overall. It took five years in total to construct and cost around $1.5 million to build, which was collected from donations of the 21,000 residents of the town. The project was conceived and led by Sylwester Zawadzki, a retired Polish priest. It is the tallest statue of Jesus in the world.CharacteristicsThe statue was built on a 16.5m embankment of stones and rubble. Christ the King has a height of 33m, symbolising a traditional belief that Jesus' age at his death was 33. The Crown of the temple is 3.5m in diameter and 2m in height, and the whole is gilded. It weighs 440 tons. The head alone is 4.5m tall and weighs 15 tons. Each hand is 6m in length and the distance between the ends of the fingers is 24m. It is composed of concrete and fibreglass. It is 3m taller than the better known statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, standing at 30.1m tall without its pedestal.DesignThe designs for various elements of the statue were produced by a number of individuals; the sculpture design was primarily produced by Mirosław Kazimierz Patecki with the technical design aspect being undertaken by Assoc. Jakub Marcinowski and Assoc. Mikołaj Kłapeć, both of whom are employees of the University of Zielona Gora. Meanwhile, elements of the clothing and the arms of the statue were designed by Tomasz Stafiniak and Krzysztof Nawojski (the latter being of the town of Świebodzin) respectively. Another resident of Świebodzin, Marian Wybraniec, was responsible for the design of the foundations upon which the statue was constructed.
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  • If you come here this is definitely worth a look. I didn't stay at the Hotel Graffit but is right across the road and probably worth the extra money when you add on taxi fares from the other hotels av...  more »
  • Amazing morning spent looking round would recommend a visit. Still not finished yet but none the less a quite spiritual experience.  more »
  • We visited on our way back to Poland from Germany. Not far from the E30 (A2) it was an impressive statue in a less than impressive location, at least at night. The statue looks down on a Tesco hyperma...  more »
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  • Great experience!! Can see the statue miles away. 😀
  • Kitschy monument. The essence of Polish Catholicism. Worth seeing.
  • Well the statue is nice but all the garbage on the ground around the parking lot, sloppy pathway and toilets in style of outhouse. Guys you can do better than this!
  • They could've upgrade roads, schools and hospitals. Fixed potholes but no, obsession with religion always comes first in this Catholic caliphate.
  • It got you thinking about it.

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