Christ the Redeemer
From the peak of the 700 meters (2,300 ft) Corcovado Mountain at the Tijuca Forest National Park, the Christ the Redeemer statue appears above Rio. With its arms wide open, the statue has guarded the city since 1931. This 38-meter-high statue is Rio de Janeiro’s landmark monument and draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Christ the Redeemer, icon of Rio de Janeiro city, was chosen out of 21 nominated monuments all over the world as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. The prize was well deserved. Christ the Redeemer is a symbol of the faith and happiness of carioca people (native Rio de Janeiro people) and turned 83 years old in 2014. The monument has been going through an upgrading process since 2000, when a new lighting system was installed.