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Last updated on: November 23, 2010 00:37 IST

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Swiebodzin, a Polish town, has officially unveiled the world's largest Jesus statue -- which surpasses the Christ the Redeemer, the famous Christ sculpture in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro -- with a mass attended by thousands in what is hoped to become a hot tourist destination.

Believers walked in a procession, singing and carrying banners, one saying "Christ King of the Universe" as they made their way to the huge statue.

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Image: People take part in the celebrations of the unveiling of the statue of Jesus in Swiebodzin
Photographs: Sebastian Rzepiel/Agencja Gazeta/Reuters
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The statue in Swiebodzin measures 33 metres in height and sits atop a 17-metre mount.

It was built from private donations and designed by Sylwester Zawadzki, a local priest.


Image: About 15,000 Christian pilgrims and tourists streamed into the western Polish town
Photographs: Sebastian Rzepiel/Agencja Gazeta/Reuters
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Thousands gathered on Sunday at the statue waving Polish and European Union flags.

Organisers said some 20,000 people, including tourists from around the world, were in attendance.


Image: People take part in the celebrations of the unveiling of the statue of Jesus in Swiebodzin
Photographs: Sebastian Rzepiel/Agencja Gazeta/Reuters
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The statue has stirred controversy with some claiming it will attract tourists to the small town.

Others have called the statue kitsch or an embarrassment for the country.

Image: Priests arrive to celebrate the unveiling of the statue of Jesus in Swiebodzin

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Photographs: Sebastian Rzepiel/Agencja Gazeta/Reuters
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