08 Nov, 2010
Posted by: Michał In: so very Polish
Don’t know why Poland wants to have the biggest this and the biggest that, but of all things they could have gone for, they’ve chosen… the biggest Jesus.
Poland is a Catholic country, religion still plays a huge role in most people’s lives and building gigantic religious edifices of questionable beauty (ever seen one of the largest churches in the world, the Basilica of Our Lady in Lichen?) seems to be our national sport.
But a gigantic statue of Jesus? In the middle of nowhere? *facepalm*
Unlike its Rio equivalent, this statue doesn’t overlook a picturesque beach, nor is it anywhere any major tourist attraction. Although it’s likely to become one itself, or at least that’s what the inhabitants of the nearby town of Swiebodzin hope for.
It’s more of a folly which seems to have divided the nation – some thing it’s a fantastic symbol Poland has always deserved, many others call it a tacky eyesore. Or worse.
It’s quite telling that while those who erected the statue claim it’s the biggest in the world, it’s actually difficult to verify its height. I’ve seen at least three different heights in various sources.
One thing you probably should know about Poland is the famous saying (which I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, but I’ll mention it again): where there are two Poles, there are always three opinions.
Thoughts on the sculpture?
Image of nuns by .candy via Flickr, used under the Creative Commons licence
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