The Colossus at Rhodes - The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
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The Colossus of
Built: Early 200s B.C.
Location: Near harbor of Rhodes, a Greek island in Aegean Sea
History: The Greek sculptor Chares and his shop worked 12
years to build a giant bronze statue in honor of the sun god Helios. The
statue, celebrating the unity of Rhodes' three city-states, is believed
to have stood on a promontory overlooking the water.
At approximately 120 feet, the bronze Colossus stood almost as high
as the Statue of Liberty in the United States. Interior stone blocks and
iron bars supported the hollow statue. Just 56 years after it was built,
a strong earthquake destroyed it.