The Colossus of Rhodes is the statue of the Greek titan of sun Helios. It was built on an island in the city of Rhodes by Chares of Lindos. Being one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the statue stood over 30 meters height. The statue was built in 280 B.C in celebration of Rhodes’ victory over Antigonus I Monophthalmus. However, the grand statue was said to be destroyed by an earthquake in 226 B.C.
The statue of the Colossus of Rhodes was built of bronze and was supposed to resemble Helios with a spear in one hand and a torch in the other. The statue was thought to be built in such a way that each foot was on either side of the harbor. However, now it is believed that the statue could not have supported its weight in such a pose.
The statue survived for 56 years. Then an earthquake struck Rhodes, which damaged the city and also broke the statue at the knees. The statue broke and fell down. The king Ptolemy offered to fix it, however, the people were afraid that they might have offended Helios, so they declined to rebuild the statue.
The statue lay on the ground for more than 800 years. People from all over the world came to look at the remains of the beautiful statue. According to a description, even only the statue’s fingers were bigger than many statues. Stories tell that later the Colossus of Rhodes remains was sold by Arab invaders.
The famous Statue of Liberty is said to be based on the Colossus of Rhodes. It shows what the engineers of the 19th century believed the Colossus to look like. There are many reports about the location of the ruins; however, there is no living proof of the Colossus.