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Faith has evidently replaced politics as the motivation for some of the world's tallest sculptures. In Europe, the largest such structure is the massive statue of Jesus Christ at Swiebodzin in western Poland.

The Brittany statues described in Patricia Stoughton’s feature in this issue of hidden europe, though impressive by virtue of the scale of the Vallée des Saints project, are mere tiddlers in the league table of tall sculptures. Europe’s tallest sculptures are in the former Soviet Union. When it was completed in 1967, the Motherland Calling sculpture on a hill overlooking the Russian city of Volgograd was the highest figure in the world — as measured to the tip of the sword held aloft by Mother Russia.

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