The Colossus of Rhodes was a statue of the Greek titan-god of the sun Helios, in the city of Rhodes, in Greece.
Started in 292BC
It is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
It’s 30m (98 feet) high, making it one of the tallest statues of the Ancient World.
Architect and Builder
Chares of Lindos
Why not re-constructed???
Ptolemy III offered to pay for the reconstruction of the statue, but an Oracle of Delphi made the Rhodians afraid that they offended Helios, and they declined to rebuild it and that’s why the remains lay on the ground for over 800 years, and even broken, but even than they were so impressive that many travelled to see them.
It stood for only about 56 years
The statue was built with Iron, Brass, Bronze and Marble
Duration Of Construction
The finished statue of Helios standing with his legs together, holding a torch in his right hand, and a spear in his left hand seems like the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor.
When the Arabs conquered Rhodes in 654 AD, the remains transported to Syria and likely sold piece by piece and that’s how, this short-lived wonder lost its existence.
To celebrate their victory over Antigonus I, the Rhodians sold the equipments left behind for 300 talents and decided to use the money to build a colossal statue of their god.
Media in 1989, told that large stones, found on the seabed, off the coast of Rhodes might have been the remains of the Colossus; however this theory was later shown to be without merit.
Another theory presented in 2008 suggests that the Colossus was never in the port, but rather was part of the Acropolis of Rhodes, on a hill today named Monte Smith.
The Statue of Liberty has been referred to as the ‘Modern Colossus‘.
The Colossus of Rhodes stood on a 50ft high white marble pedestal.
There is a plaque inside the pedestal of Statue of Liberty that is inscribed with a sonnet called ‘The New Colossus‘.
Both the Colossus of Rhodes and the Statue of Liberty were built as symbols to freedom.
It was reported that it took approximately 900 camels to carry away all the scrap metal of Colossus.
More than 13 tons of Bronze and nearly 7 tons of Iron was used in it, according to Philon (Athenian Architect).
It has long been believed that the Colossus stood in front of the Mandraki harbor, one of many in the city of Rhodes but recent studies suggest that it was erected either on the eastern promontory of the Mandraki harbour, or even further inland. In any case, it never straddled the harbor entrance.
Destructed in the earthquake of 224BC
Now, we can only mourn on our lucks that we were born too late to see this remarkable artwork!!