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There are many wonders of the ancient world, but few were as impressive as the great Colossus of Rhodes. Let’s check out some fun facts of this long forgotten structure:
- The Colossus of Rhodes is considered to be on of the “7 wonders of the ancient world,” being erected in 280 BC by Charles of Lindos.
- The statue is of the Greek titan-god of the sun, Helios, and was constructed to celebrate a victory against the ruler Cyrus.
- The statue was approximately 98 feet high and was considered one of the tallest structures in the ancient world.
- The statue itself sat atop a white marble pedestal which was 49 feet high.
- It took 12 years to complete building the statue, and it stood for 54 years.
- In 226 BC, a massive earthquake ravaged the land, which caused he Colossus of Rhodes to snap at the knees and come tumbling down.
- For 800 years, the statue lay on the ground until it was robbed of its bronze by an Arab force. The bronze was sold to a Jewish merchant and took 900 camels to carry it all away.
- Portrayals of Colossus straddling a harbor were made up from tales told in the middle ages.