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Photos: Giant statue of Pope John Paul II unveiled in Poland

It’s almost 14 metres high, made out of fibreglass, and weighs five tonnes.

IT’S ALMOST 14 metres high, weighs five tonnes, and is believed to be the largest statue of a former pontiff in the world.

The giant statue of Pope John Paul II was unveiled on a hill in the city of Czestochowa in Poland yesterday and shows the pope standing with his arms outstretched.

The statue, which is made of fibreglass, was funded by a businessman to thank the former pope for an intervention which he said saved the life of his son in a drowning accident.

Pope John Paul II died in 2005 at the age of 84 and was beatified in 2011.

(All pics: AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

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