Poland Unveils Giant Statue of John Paul II
5-story likeness overlooks city of Czestochowa
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 13, 2013 11:34 AM CDT
The statue of the Pope John Paul II is seen during the unveiling ceremony in Czestochowa.   (Czarek Sokolowski)

(Newser) – Fans of Pope John Paul II now have a potential pilgrimage site: Czestochowa, Poland. The city in the southern Poland unveiled a giant statue of the late pontiff today. The white fiberglass figure rises about five stories, or more than 45 feet, on a hill overlooking the city. It was funded by a businessman, Leszek Lyson, in gratitude for what he believes was an intervention by the late pontiff in saving his drowning son.