At a certain point Zeus was assigning lands among gods. When Rhodes rose up from the sea, the sun god Helios asked to get it and received it. Legend says that Helios named his island after his wife, a beautiful nymph, daughter of Poseidon and Aphrodite. Huge 36-meter high statue of the Greek Titan Helios, or Colossus of Rhodes was constructed in its owner’s honor. It’s considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World and was built near the city harbor entrance in the year 280 BC. Twelve years to build, half a century later it was destroyed by an earthquake. Perhaps the main legend of Rhodes is the Colossus of Rhodes. This giant bronze statue of the god Helios, one of the seven wonders of the world, was installed to mark the victory over the famous general Demetrius Poliorcetes. Helios helped the besieged islanders to win against the invaders. The statue was standing on top of the port’s entrance blocks on the shore of the island. Nowadays the base on which he stood is decorated with statues of deers on each side, another symbol of Rhodes. The stone blocks can be seen underwater.


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