The Colossus of Rhodes statue, located on the Greek island of Greece, was a giant Statue of the Greek sun god Helios and is one of the tallest buildings in the ancient world. It is also among one the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. It was built between 280-292 BC by Chares of Lindos, The Colossus of Rhodes depicts the God Helios.

Ancient mythology says that the island of Rhodes was given to Helios by Zeus after defeating the Giants and getting hold of the world. On the right hand, the statue was holding a torch. It was the tallest statue in the ancient world, standing at over 30 meters of height.


The Colossus of Rhodes statue stood approximately 70 cubits, or 33 metres (108 feet) high, roughly the height of the modern Statue of Liberty in the US from feet to the crown.

The Colossus of Rhodes statue was among the Seven Wonders of the World. The figure stood in its place for 54 years. During the earthquake of the year 226 BC, the statue collapsed, causing damage to significant damage to large portions of the Rhodes. The figure of Colossus snapped at the height of the knees, with the remains falling to the ground.

Although the Rhodians had the offer to rebuild it by the King Ptolemy III of Egypt, after asking the oracle of Delphi, the Rhodians were afraid they would offend the God Sun. They decided to leave it lying on the ground.

In 654 an Arab force under Muawiyah I captured Rhodes, and the remains were sold to a travelling salesman from Edessa, Mesopotamia. The buyer had the statue broken down and transported the bronze scrap on the backs of nine hundred camels to his home. Pieces continued to turn up for sale for years after being found along the caravan route.



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