Colossus of Rhodes, Rhodes

Colossus of Rhodes, Rhodes

The Colossus of Rhodes was a statue that represented the Greek sun-god Helios. It was known as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and was erected by Chares of Lindos in 280 BC. It was constructed to memorialize Rhodes' successful defeat of Demetrius Poliorcetes, who attacked Rhodes for a year.

Literary references, including Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, describe the statue as straddling the harbor entrance. Ships would enter by sailing between the statue's legs. However, modern analysis proves that this theory was impossible. It was impossible to build the statue over the entrance with the available technology. If the statue had straddled the entrance, it would have permanently blocked the entrance when it fell. We know that the statue fell onto the land.

It is thought that the original statue was 33 meters (108 feet) high. Unfortunately, it was damaged during a 226 BC earthquake. Ptolemy III offered to finance reconstruction; however, the oracle of Delphi warned against reconstruction.

The remains of the statue were still impressive, and many traveled to Rhodes to view it. Unfortunately, the statue was totally destroyed in 653 when an Arab force captured Rhodes. Stories recount that the statue was melted down, and it took 900 camels to carry the load away.

The location of the statue is disputed. However, many believe that it stood where the current columns with the bronze stag and deer stand.

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Colossus of Rhodes on Map

Sight Name: Colossus of Rhodes
Sight Location: Rhodes, Greece (See walking tours in Rhodes)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Rhodes, Greece

Create Your Own Walk in Rhodes

Create Your Own Walk in Rhodes

Creating your own self-guided walk in Rhodes is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Mandraki Harbor Tour

Mandraki Harbor Tour

Mandraki is one of the three harbors in Rhodes. It is famous, because it is believed that the great statue of Colossus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, once stood at the harbor entrance. Today the deer sculptures at the entrance, the St. Nicholas Fortress and a number of medieval windmills create a charming view of the harbor. Many boat trips to other nearby islands leave from here....  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 Km or 0.6 Miles
Medieval Town Walking Tour

Medieval Town Walking Tour

The medieval town of Rhodes is a Unesco World Heritage Site. It is like an open air museum, as every street, square or building evokes a story about the city's ancient times. It is one of the best-preserved medieval walled cities in Europe. Take this self-guided walking tour to visit the most notable landmarks in the old town of Rhodes.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 Km or 1.2 Miles
Acropolis of Rhodes

Acropolis of Rhodes

The Acropolis is located on Monte Smith in the city of Rhodes. Structures at this site date back to the Hellenistic period (3rd to 2nd century BC). The partially renovated structures at the Acropolis include the Temple of Pythian Apollo, the Stadium, the Odeion and the Nymphaia. The excavations and restoration work began during the Italian governance of the island (1912-1945) and continue today....  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 Km or 0.9 Miles
Rhodes Introduction Walking Tour

Rhodes Introduction Walking Tour

The city of Rhodes, capital of the eponymous island, has been famous since antiquity as the site of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Colossus of Rhodes. The enormous statue once stood over the harbor entrance and was destroyed by a powerful earthquake in 226 BC.

The name Rhodes comes from the ancient Greek word “rhódon” (rose), hence the island is sometimes referred to as the...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles
Gates and Walls Tour

Gates and Walls Tour

Owing to its geographical location, as a gateway to the Aegean Sea, Rhodes has always had a vantage position on trade routes between the West and the East – well protected against both foreign invaders and corsairs sailing the Mediterranean waters. The early defense system of Rhodes dates back as far as the 4th century BC.

Starting the Middle Ages – the year 1309, when the Knights...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles