Tallest Statue of Late Pope John Paul II Nearly Done (Photos)
Tallest Statue of Late Pope John Paul II Nearly Done (Photos)
A worker adds finishing touches to a giant statue of the late Pope John Paul II being readied for unveiling this weekend, in Czestochowa, Poland, Tuesday, April 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

A worker adds finishing touches to a giant statue of the late Pope John Paul II being readied for unveiling this weekend, in Czestochowa, Poland, Tuesday, April 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

A worker adds finishing touches to a giant statue  of the late Pope John Paul II being readied for unveiling this weekend, in Czestochowa, Poland, Tuesday, April 9, 2013. The 13.8-meter (45.3-foot) white fiberglass figure will tower over the southern city of Czestochowa, home to Poland's most important Catholic pilgrimage site, Jasna Gora.  Funded by a private investor, the pontiff appears smiling and stretching his arms to the world. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

A worker adds finishing touches to a giant statue of the late Pope John Paul II being readied for unveiling this weekend, in Czestochowa, Poland, Tuesday, April 9, 2013. The 13.8-meter (45.3-foot) white fiberglass figure will tower over the southern city of Czestochowa, home to Poland's most important Catholic pilgrimage site, Jasna Gora. Funded by a private investor, the pontiff appears smiling and stretching his arms to the world. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

A woman looks at the giant statue of late Pope John Paul II being readied for unveiling this weekend, in Czestochowa, Poland, Tuesday, April 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

A woman looks at the giant statue of late Pope John Paul II being readied for unveiling this weekend, in Czestochowa, Poland, Tuesday, April 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

A worker adds finishing touches to a giant statue of the late Pope John Paul II being readied for unveiling this weekend, in Czestochowa, Poland, Tuesday, April 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

A worker adds finishing touches to a giant statue of the late Pope John Paul II being readied for unveiling this weekend, in Czestochowa, Poland, Tuesday, April 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Workers clean elements of a 13,8m tall sculpture of late Pope John Paul II in Czestochowa, southern Poland on April 7, 2013. (Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images)

Workers clean elements of a 13,8m tall sculpture of late Pope John Paul II in Czestochowa, southern Poland on April 7, 2013. (Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images)

Nobel Peace Prize Mother Teresa receives from Pope John Paul II the registration book of a car that the pontife received as gift from Milan people during an audience at the Vatican 30 May 1983. The Pope donated the car to Mother Teresa from the use of her benefit organization. (AFP/Getty Images)

Nobel Peace Prize Mother Teresa receives from Pope John Paul II the registration book of a car that the pontife received as gift from Milan people during an audience at the Vatican 30 May 1983. The Pope donated the car to Mother Teresa from the use of her benefit organization. (AFP/Getty Images)

Pope John Paul II on June 2, 1979, addresses in Warsaw the Communist Party chief Edward Gierek (R) during the pontiff's first visit to Poland. Gierek lost his job as party chief after the strikes at the Gdansk shipyards that saw the emergence of the powerful Solidarity trade union, which helped bring about the demise of communism. (AFP/Getty Images)

Pope John Paul II on June 2, 1979, addresses in Warsaw the Communist Party chief Edward Gierek (R) during the pontiff's first visit to Poland. Gierek lost his job as party chief after the strikes at the Gdansk shipyards that saw the emergence of the powerful Solidarity trade union, which helped bring about the demise of communism. (AFP/Getty Images)

The tallest statue of the late Pope John Paul II is nearly finished.

In Czestochowa, Poland, workers were putting the finishing touches on April 9 on the 45.3 foot white fiberglass figure. A private investor, Leszek Lyson, is financing the statue.

Pope John Paul II led the Catholic Church from 1978 until 2005, when he died. He is also known as Blessed John Paul or John Paul the Great.

Lyson said the pope was “”a great and good man who has done a lot for the world—ended communism and opened borders in Europe, reached to people in his pilgrimages around the world.”

The statue “should make everyone stop and think about life,” Lyson added. He’s trying to get the statue into the Guinness Book of World Records.

The statue was constructed in Nowa Sol, a Polish city, by a fiberglass company, MALPOL. Construction was done by a team of 20, including 4 artists, over a period of about a month.

The approximately four story high statue will be higher than the current tallest statue of the Pope, which stands at Chile at about 39 feet.

Statues of the late Pope, who served as one of the longest-reigning Popes, dot the globe. He reportedly visited more than 120 countries while he was Pope.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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