The Colossus of Rhodes: The seventh wonder of the ancient world

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Prior to the island of Rhodes being recognised for its beautiful beaches and stunning landscapes, the island was known for its rich history and advanced civilisation.

Most recognisable was the Colossus of Rhodes, a huge bronze statue portraying the god of the sun Helios.

The location where the Colossus of Rhodes would have been. Photo: Visit Rhodes

Built between 292 to 280 BC, the monument was a symbol of freedom and local triumph with many believing that he stood on either side of the Rhodes harbor to greet visitors to the island.

Unfortunately, this seventh wonder of the ancient world was only briefly standing, with an earthquake in 226 BCE leading to the statue crashing down and causing considerable damage to the city and the harbour.

Source: The Collector

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