PICTURES: The world’s tallest Christmas tree unveiled in Sri Lanka 

PICTURES: The world’s tallest Christmas tree unveiled in Sri Lanka 

The world’s tallest Christmas tree has been unveiled in Sri Lanka just in time for Christmas after four months of hard work by hundreds of helpers.

The 73-meter (238-foot) artificial tree in the country’s capital, Colombo, is 18 meters (59 feet) taller than the current record holder, organizers said.

The tree’s steel-and-wire frame is covered with a plastic net decorated with more than 1 million natural pine cones painted red, gold, green and silver, 600,000 LED bulbs and topped by a 6-meter (20-foot)-tall shining star.

The tree costs $80,000 and was criticized by the Catholic Church as a ‘waste of money.’ The church suggested that the funds better be spent on helping the poor.

The Guinness World Records is yet to confirm if this is the tallest artificial Christmas tree.

Currently, the record is held by a Chinese firm that put up a 55-meter (180-foot) tree-like tower of lights and synthetic foliage, ornaments and lamps in the city of Guangzhou last year.

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