Rhodes Colossus

Rhodes Colossus

Rhodes Colossus



The Colossus of Rhodes was a giant statue of Helios (god of sun). The statue was designed by Chares from Lindos and it took 12 year to be build. It was completed in 282 BC. The Colossus was 32 metres tall and the entrance to the harbor was approximately 400 meters wide. It was a framework made of iron and skin of bronze. The builders added stones to the framework to make the Colossus stable. Fifty six years later, in 226 BC an earthquake struck the town and broke the Colossus at the knees. People finally decide not to rebuild it. Enemies from Syria took the broken pieces (after almost 900 years) to Syria, where the pieces was melted and used to make other things like coins.

No one knows where exactly the Colossus was standing!


Rhodes Colossus
Rhodes Colossus


Rhodes Colossus
Rhodes Colossus