Feature: The Colossus of Rhodes

A giant bronze statue of the sun god Helios, the Colossus of Rhodes was erected to celebrate the end of an unsuccessful siege of Rhodes. It took 12 years to build, was completed in 292 BC, and stood for less than a century, before being toppled by an earthquake in 227 BC.

The statue became known as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. According to legend, its two legs straddled the entrance to what’s now Mandraki Harbour – so tall that high-masted triremes were able to pass beneath. Historians suggest, given the higher seal level back then, that it may have been located further up the hill where today's Palace of the Grandmaster stands. It’s known that the Colossus remained in ruins on the waterfront for almost 1000 years. It was broken into pieces and sold by invading Arabs to a Syrian Jew in 654 AD, who supposedly transported it abroad on the backs of 900 camels. For a cinematic understanding of its construction visit Rhodes Town's newest attraction – 9D: Throne of Helios.

There is talk of recreating a giant statue of Helios by Mandraki Harbour, but sadly it looks as if this will not happen until things improve economically.