A chill wind snapped around the base of the massive concrete statue of Christ, arms outstretched, that rises more than 118 feet into the sky above this small town in western Poland.
"It gives you a very religious feeling, especially because it's Christmastime," said Waldemar Kierzkowski, who this week visited the towering year-old image that has become a lightning rod in Poland's culture war.
Mr. Kierzkowski, a 55-year-old car dealer, and his wife, Alina, drove from their home in Goleniow, more than 150 miles away, to shoot a few photos with the gray monument—whose builders say it is the tallest Jesus in the world—soaring behind them.
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