Towering 2,310 feet above the city of Rio, the Christ the Redeemer statue has fascinated experts and historians for nearly a hundred years.

It’s the fourth largest statue of Jesus Christ in the world and in 2007 the statue was deemed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World along with Machu Picchu, the Great Wall of China and the Roman Colosseum.

The statue is the most recognizable landmark of Rio and has become an icon of Brazil as well. Most importantly, however, the statue has become a global symbol of Christianity.