Quirky Attraction: Giant Jesus and Mary statues in Sioux City, Iowa

Giant Jesus Iowa Giant Mary statue

Giant Jesus and Mary statues
: Sioux City, Iowa
When to visit: Grounds hours seem to vary by season; attraction’s website currently says 10 am to 8 pm
Cost: Free
Time needed: 30-60 minutes
Website: www.trinityheights.com/sacred-heart-jesus-statue.htm

Trinity Heights is a campus in Sioux City, Iowa that, in addition to providing ministry, has one big attraction: Giant steel statues of Jesus and Mary.

You don’t need to be religious to be in awe of these impressive structures. Jesus is 32 feet tall, while Mary is two feet shorter. They stand at opposite ends of the Trinity Heights grounds, with lots of lush gardens in between.

A sense of perspective: That’s me standing next to the foot of Jesus.

giant Jesus statue

You can visit the grounds for free. Just keep your voice down, don’t walk on the grass, and don’t do anything to draw attention to yourself. Really – they’re sticklers about this sort of thing.

Spiritual folks may also be interested in the Last Supper carving and a Circle of Life memorial to the unborn.

Circle of Life Trinity Heights Iowa

Those who aren’t religious may be more entertained by the giant lists of rules posted all over the grounds. One…

after another…

after another…

after another.

If you find yourself in Sioux City, Iowa, you might as well make the detour to check out the statues, because they are fascinating, just from an architectural perspective. So stop by, take your pictures of giant Jesus and Mary, and don’t disturb the peace!

Mary Sioux City Iowa


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Scott Shetler is a Seattle-based journalist and blogger who seeks out offbeat attractions and awesome destinations around the world. He has been featured in Travel + Leisure, Connect Magazine, Matador Travel, and the Washington Post.

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  1. Would you believe there is a giant Jesus statue in Vietnam, in a seaside town south of Ho Chi Minh City called Vung Tau. It’s a very quirky attraction for a Communist country that banned religion for many years.

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