12 Stunning Statues of John Paul the Great

featured imageOn April 27, shortly after his canonization, Benedictine College will rename its student union after Pope John Paul II. It’s the latest in a number of commemorations of the great pope’s legacy.

On April 2, his death anniversary, enjoy these statues of John Paul II from around the world culled from Flickr’s Creative Commons. They show the universal love Catholics have for the Polish pontiff.

Madrid

Outside the beautiful cathedral he consecrated in 1993, Almudena Cathedral in Madrid, Spain. (Flickr photo by Barcex)

Outside the beautiful cathedral he consecrated in 1993, Almudena Cathedral in Madrid, Spain. (Flickr photo by Barcex)

 

Assisi

To commemorate his Assisi meetings, the ascetical statue of Pope John Paul II stands at the Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli, Assisi (Flickr photo Benjamin)

To commemorate his Assisi meetings, the ascetical statue of Pope John Paul II stands at the Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli, Assisi (Flickr photo Benjamin)

 

Philippines

 

A Bacolod, Philippines, real estate corporation reclaimed land John Paul had visited and commemorated the visit with John Paul Tower. (Flickr Photo Gary Hess)

A Bacolod, Philippines, real estate corporation reclaimed land John Paul had visited and commemorated the visit with the John Paul II Tower. (Flickr Photo Gary Hess)

 

East Timor

A symbol of a nation's freedom struggle: John Paul II Memorial in Tasitolu, Dili, East Timor. (Flickr Austronesian Expeditions)

A symbol of a nation’s freedom struggle: John Paul II Memorial in Tasitolu, Dili, East Timor. (Flickr Austronesian Expeditions)

 

Central Poland

John Paul passes through the gates of the third millennium in this Wrzesnia, Poland, monument. (Flickr photo Andrew Tijou)

John Paul passes through the gates of the third millennium in this Wrzesnia, Poland, monument. (Flickr photo Andrew Tijou)

 

Loreto

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A glass statuette of the Pope at Loreto, Italy. (Flickr Marvin PA)

Yucatan, Mexico

Izamal is a small city in Yucatan, Mexico, known as "The Yellow City." John Paul II visited in 1993 and presented a crowned statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. (Flickr photo by Adam Jones)

Izamal is a small city in Yucatan, Mexico, known as “The Yellow City.” John Paul II visited in 1993 and presented a crowned statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. (Flickr photo by Adam Jones)

 

South-Eastern Poland

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This seated John Paul II is at Przemyśl, Poland, near the Ukraine border. (Flickr photo by Radek Szuban)

 

 Phoenix

Commemorating Pope John Paul II’s visit to Phoenix, Ariz., this life-sized statue stands at the diocesan building (Flickr photo Famredsearch2009@yahoo.com)

Commemorating Pope John Paul II’s visit to Phoenix, Ariz., this life-sized statue stands at the diocesan building (Flickr photo Famredsearch2009@yahoo.com)

 

Fatima

The dramatic statue of John Paul II stands in his beloved shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Portugal (Flickr cactusbeetroot)

The dramatic statue of John Paul II stands in his beloved shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Portugal (Flickr cactusbeetroot)

 

 Czestochowa, Poland

The installation of the world's largest statue of Pope John Paul II in Czestochowa, Poland. (photo: Christ The King Church Karachi, Pakistan, Facebook)

The installation of the world’s largest statue of Pope John Paul II in Czestochowa, Poland. (photo: Christ The King Church Karachi, Pakistan, Facebook)

 

Mexico City

This statue of Pope John Paul II is in Mexico City’s Zocalo Plaza and is made entirely out of donated keys, symbolizing Peter’s successor. (Flickr photo by Aidan Wakely-Mulroney)

This statue of Pope John Paul II is in Mexico City’s Zocalo Plaza and is made entirely out of donated keys, symbolizing Peter’s successor. (Flickr photo by Aidan Wakely-Mulroney)

 

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16 thoughts on “12 Stunning Statues of John Paul the Great

  1. Erin Elizabeth says:

    In the picture Assisi I just wanted to say I am so appalled!!! How dare they have a crown of thorns around his head! Did he die for the sins of the world? No! That is pure and simple BLASPHEMY!!!!
    And another thing folks, John Paul II is not anything more than a person. He is not God, he is not Jesus. I honestly can’t even say he is Of God. I don’t believe so whatsoever. If you really want salvation folks, look to God. You won’t find him walking around here on earth, nor will you see statues of him anywhere. You can pray to him though, he is listening and ask him to show you the truth. When your eyes are open and you see the truth you will understand how ridiculous this all is.
    PS: If John Paul II does come back to life, which many are praying for and is definetly a good possibility, it will all be an illusion and he will be part of team Anti-Christ.

  2. Donna says:

    I love it! I love him!

  3. Michelle Pietak says:

    Thank you Lord, for the life and witness of a great man who loved and lived for You, showing Your love to the world and touching many hearts, including mine.

  4. Lynne says:

    sorry to see that there is only one here in the USA

  5. carla says:

    beautiful Pope, saint and man of God..

  6. EMT says:

    There are a number of beautiful statues in Krakow! You can’t turn around without seeing something dedicated to him.

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