Heart of Jesus Statue, Romania.


There are many large statues of Jesus all over the world. The most special one I have ever visited is located in Romania, called:


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Heart of Jesus Statue

Location: 97V4+CH Dealu, Romania

Sulptutor: Walter Zawaczky

Year: 2011


Heart of Jesus Statue, Romania.

“ The 'Heart of Jesus' look-out is a work of art in the form of a statue depicting Jesus Christ, located on the outskirts of Farkaslaka (Lupeni) a village in Harghita County, Transylvania. The stainless steel 22-meter-high statue can be found on top of Gordon Hill (some 953 meters above sea level), it is the highest statue in Eastern Europe, representing Jesus Christ. The statue was designed by the sculptor Walter Zawaczky, erected in December 2011.

Heart of Jesus Statue, Romania.

The work has received numerous criticisms, mainly because of its enormous size and appearance, dividing the opinions of locals and press alike. According to some opponents, the metal sculpture is completely alien to the surrounding landscape and Szeklers* tradition; perhaps in keeping with local materials, stone or wood would have been a more appropriate choice of materials. Some have named the statue 'The Tin of Christ', which is perhaps a more negative evaluation; although many feel the creation emanates a truly religious experience. Many supporters of the statue think it will make for a great tourist attraction, and in time it will be considered a landmark synonymous to the area. *subgroup of the Hungarian people living mostly in the Székely Land, an ethno-cultural region in eastern Transylvania. ”

( - Info via https://www.istvandesign.com/romania/h4502556E#h4502556e )

It is said that the proprietor of his local Gordon Milk Factory was behind the funding of this statue. He wanted to leave something behind but died shortly after this was built.


The locals want to use this sculpture as a tourist attraction and revitalize the local economy. However, the mountain road leading to this statue is in poor condition. It is difficult to reach there by ordinary small vehicles, which took us quite a while to walk there. Because of lacking publicity and bad road conditions, this sculpture has still rarely been visited so far.


Within the sculpture's body, a central spiral staircase leads to the statue's head, from where you can look out on beautiful landscape vistas.

It was late at night when we arrived at the statue of Jesus Christ. We climbed the spiral staircase inside the statue to reach its head at the top. There was a clear and beautiful Milky Way over the sky that night, and standing there looking at it, a huge sense of absurdity hit me. My mind melted.

Heart of Jesus Statue, Romania.
Star trails behind Heart of Jesus
Heart of Jesus Statue, Romania.
Moon trail behind Heart of Jesus



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