Pope John Paul II is one of the most popular popes in recent memory, and in the wake of his death he’s gotten a great deal of notice and tribute, from being the face of Papal coins to becoming a saint. However, while those honors are cool, there’s nothing like having a gigantic statue of yourself somewhere. A group of individuals in Poland have erected a 45-foot-tall white fiberglass statue of Pope John Paul II. The giant statue has been erected in Czestochowa, Poland, near the Jasna Gora monastery, one of the most popular pilgrimage sites in Poland.
Funded by a private investor and put up on private land, investor Leszek Lyson called John Paul II “a great and good man who has done a lot for the world: ended communism and opened borders in Europe, reached out to people in his pilgrimages around the world,” and added that the statue “should make everyone stop and think about life.”
John Paul II was born Karol Wojtyla in Wadowice, Poland. He became Pope in 1978 and was one of the leading inspirations of Poland’s anti-communism Solidarity movement, making him both a religious hero and a folk hero in his native country. At the time of his death, Poland went into a period of national mourning.
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