Anyone wondering whether modern day Poland is still a fervently Catholic country should head to the Tesco in Swiebodzin,
near the German border. There, on the rocky hill opposite the
supermarket, is the newest, most audacious religious icon in all of Europe,
if not the world: a 33-metre high, rather crudely carved statue of
Jesus, which volunteers from the town, along with prisoners on day
release from the local jail, have been building for the last 10 years.
a windy day last week, a crane gently swayed as work continued on the
concrete folly, the brainchild of a local priest who claims it is the
world's biggest statue of Jesus Christ – bigger even than Christ the
Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, a sore point with the Brazilians who grumble
that the Polish Jesus is cheating by standing on a mound.
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