Colossus of Rhodes

Colossus of Rhodes

In the ancient days, for the ships that visited the island of Rhodes, it must have been a spectacular sight. The Colossus of Rhodes would have stood over the entrance to the harbour, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. The Colossus of Rhodes was a statue of the Greek sun god Helios with a height of 33 meters (more or less the same height as the statue of Liberty in New York). It must have been impressive when ships had to enter the port of Rhodes and sail under the gigantic legs of the Colossus.

The statue was destroyed during the big earthquake of 226 BC and never rebuilt after only 54 years standing. Today you will find two columns with deer on it. The deer is the symbol of the island of Rhodes. For us it was the second piece of the Seven World Wonders of the ancient world: Check out the other one.

There are plans to rebuilt the Colossus of Rhodes, which would be an amazing sight. See this video to see the plans. Who knows if it ever comes to reality.

Check out our other blogs about Rhodes island here

 


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