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

(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.

The statue of the Pope John Paul II is seen during the unveiling ceremony in Czestochowa.   (Czarek Sokolowski)
A children's choir takes part in the unveiling in Poland.   (Czarek Sokolowski)
The statue of the late Pope John Paul II in Czestochowa, Poland.   (Czarek Sokolowski)
A children's choir takes part in the unveiling ceremony.   (Czarek Sokolowski)
Residents attend the unveiling ceremony of the statue of the late Pope John Paul II in Czestochowa, Poland.   (Czarek Sokolowski)
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