Świebodzin, Poland – the figure of Jesus Christ

Statue of Christ the King, Poland – overview

Poland,Świebodzin: Statue of the King of Christ – another record broken

The most famous statue of Jesus Christ is probably the Statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro , but the tallest until recently was the Cristo de la Concordia in Bolivia . It was. Until November 6, 2010. Until the statue of Christ the King was unveiled in the small Polish town of Świebodzin.

The height of the record-breaking monument was 52.5 meters (together with the pedestal). For comparison – Cristo de la Concordia – 40,44 m, and Christ the Redeemer – 39,6 m.

The “height” of Christ the King himself is 33 meters, which, according to the idea of the priest S. Zavadsky, the author of the monument, should symbolize the years of Christ’s earthly life. To this figure add the height of the crown crowning the head of the statue – another 3 meters. Total – the total height of the monument turns out 36 meters, which is 1.8 m higher than the Bolivian monument.

The idea of erecting such a grandiose monument appeared 10 years ago. However, even in such a God-pleasing case, as it turned out, there can be bureaucratic difficulties. Red tape with permits, searching for funding and doubts that arose during the design phase of the monument have prolonged the process.

Eventually construction began. Private donations were used to fund the construction, and builders were recruited from the parish of the local church. The monument was constructed in several stages and took about two years to complete. It had to do primarily with the structural features of the monument – the span of arms of Christ the King is 25 meters, and the weight of the monolithic reinforced concrete construction on a steel frame – 440 tons. That’s why it was decided to strengthen the body of the monument first, then the outstretched arms, and finally the head of Jesus was crowned with a golden crown.

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Compositionally, the sculpture, like its prototypes in Brazil and Bolivia, resembles a cross. With arms outstretched to the sides, Christ, in flowing robes, seems to address a blessing to his flock.

Well, pious citizens rub their hands together in anticipation: Christ is clearly helping to develop the town’s economy. There is a busy highway nearby, and the huge statue can be seen for miles around. Even today souvenirs with the statue are selling like hotcakes, and local hotels are experiencing a real boom – places in them are booked a month in advance. And the Euro 2012 is coming…

Vacation 2015. – Part 2.5. Statue of Christ the King. Świebodzin. Poland

The chief navigator told me that I deprived you of the opportunity to look at the world’s largest statue of Christ. I confess, I’m a sinner. I am correcting my mistake.

In general, there are a certain number of sculptures in the world that claim to be “the largest. Among them are the Buddhas, the Ten Precepts of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva (the statue is called that), our Motherland with its gigantic size and complex geometry (as well as the entire Sword Triptych, which includes the Home Front, Warrior Liberator and the Motherland Calls), the equestrian Genghis Khan, the Statue of Liberty and several less famous monuments.

I knew only two statues of Christ, and I always thought that the biggest of them was the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. Since I had never gone there, here’s a picture of someone else’s and a link to its source.

And the second of the two previously known to me is the Bolivian statue of Christ the Peacemaker (Cristo de la Concordia) in Cochabamba. I haven’t been there yet either, so the picture again is not mine, here’s a link to the source of the image.

As it turns out, in calculating the height of such structures, not only the height of the, God forgive me, body itself is taken into account. But also the height of the pedestal, and even in some cases, the height of the mound on top of which they are installed. So in the approximate summary table, which I very luckily found on the net (the source is spelled out in the image itself), you can clearly see that even if you don’t take into account the pedestal, the Polish Christ the King is taller than the Brazilian Redeemer.

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The men’s propensity to collect all sorts of “most-too-many” places probably lies in their distant hunting past. Who brought the largest mammoth, to him honor, respect, memory for centuries, and at his feet – stacks of beauties and a small army of descendants in 9 months.

Our senior navigator, apparently, is no exception. He really wanted to see this statue with his own eyes. I myself am subject to such a “want more than it hurts,” so I did not really resist – wants, then go. So we slightly deviated from the route and stopped in Świebodzin on the way from Torun to Kvedlinburg.

In fact, there is not even a need to go into the city itself. The monument stands on the outskirts, access is free, and there is ample free parking at the foot of the statue. So this small deviation from the route did not inconvenience us much, and did not detain us much either.

The idea to build the monument came from local priest Sylvester Zavadsky. Jesus Christ is the patron saint of the city. The monument was built with private donations, and builders were recruited from the parish of the local church. Construction took about two years, the statue is hollow, it is a reinforced concrete structure on a frame. First the body body was installed, and then the head with the crown was placed in its place. The idea – arms outstretched and a general reference to the cross – is similar to the Bolivian and Brazilian statues. The Christ the King sculpture was opened and consecrated in 2010.

At night it is illuminated, so you can probably get pretty spectacular shots.

The place is very pastoral. There are fields, houses, poppies around the monument. It’s a pleasure to take a little detour through the local, traditionally not very wide roads. Just a peek!

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A new record of sculptors. Poles have surpassed themselves in striving to surprise the whole world. The history of the construction of the monument to Christ began in 2000. Bishop Adam Diczkowski visited Świebodzin and then the idea was born to erect a monument to thank the city and its surroundings for Christ. The idea was actively supported by generous donations from believers all over the country, and even by Polish Catholics living abroad. Thus, in western Poland, almost on the border with Germany, the tallest statue of Jesus Christ the King in the world was erected, surpassing the legendary statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The height of the figure of Christ is 33 meters. According to the idea of the author of the monument, the priest Sylvester Zavadsky, each meter of the statue should correspond to one year of the earthly life of Jesus.

Meanwhile, representatives of local authorities are convinced that the statue rises 51 meters above the ground, because they include in these measurements the height of the mound and the golden crown on Christ’s head. And this allows us to say that the size of the Polish monument exceeds the highest images of the Savior in Bolivia and Brazil.

The height of the statue in Cochabamba, Bolivia, is 40.4 m, and the famous Redeemer from Rio de Janeiro is 38 m above the ground.

The statue is made of reinforced concrete structures and soapstone, and weighs about 440 tons. Because of the scale of the project, the statue was to be erected in stages: first the torso, then the arms, then the head and finally the golden crown.

During the time when the future sculpture was surrounded by scaffolding, the town has seen a lot of heavy equipment, breaking the local roads with its massiveness and surprising the locals with its unusual enormity.

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A special 400-ton crane was installed at the site to erect the head, but when work began, it turned out that even that was not enough. It was decided to dismantle the crane and replace it with a more powerful one. But the weather made a difference – the wind was so strong that the computer blocked the crane’s work.

In addition to technical problems, the construction encountered bureaucratic complications. In the first documents that the sculptor Sylvester Zavadsky submitted to the investors, the statue of Christ was listed as a garden sculpture made of tree resin – like a garden gnome. Over time, however, the size of the statue changed. It grew steadily until it reached a height of 33 meters. And another 3 meters were reserved for the golden crown. So when the head of the local building inspectorate came to inspect the project and saw the meter high reinforced concrete construction, he was shocked!

In the process of developing the project, there were doubts about the immutability and safety of the structure for the surrounding people, about the sources of funding, there were numerous papers needed to approve the construction. In general, bureaucratic red tape slowed down the construction of the monument for a long time.

The local authorities, however, supported the statue of Christ. They made amendments and redistributed the land parcels.

Monument construction took ten years, and no one was counting the money they spent. But local businessmen are already counting the profits. The first souvenirs are hastily printed amateur photos. They are sold out in a couple of hours.

Tourist: “The statue of Christ will undoubtedly become a tourist attraction, but we need to create the infrastructure: hotels, cafes and stores.

The inhabitants of little Svebodzyn have no doubt for a second that Christ will boost the economy. Just a hundred meters away is the road to Berlin, one of the busiest highways in Poland. The statue is visible for several kilometers. It not only symbolizes the piety of the citizens, but also attracts passing tourists. A dozen local hotels have been fully booked for the month ahead.

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