The world's tallest statue of Pope John Paul II was inaugurated today in Czestochowa, southern Poland. The city of Czestochowa is a popular destination for Catholic pilgrims who go there to pray before the black Madonna painting.
“The statue weighs 10 tons and is 13,8 metres tall. It's bigger than the one in Chine which is 12 metres tall,” Leszek Lyson, the man who funded the project and owns a fun park on the outskirts of Czestochowa.
During the inauguration ceremony, the statue was blessed by the Archbishop of Czestochowa, Monsignor Waclaw Depo. Paradoxically, the tallest statue of John Paul II has been erected in a park which is also home to some sacred architecture miniatures, including a miniature of the Lourdes and Fatima shrines.
Source: Vatican Insider/La Stampa