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One of the 7 wonders of the world, the bronze statue built by Charles of Lindos called the Colossus to commemorate the Rhodian triumph after the siege of Dimitrious the Beseiger in 305, using the money they made by selling the siege equipment he left behind to pay for the material and labor which took 12 years to complete. Though the most popular image of the 31 meter tall statue is straddled across the entrance of the harbor with the ships passing beneath it, it is more probable that it stood on dry land somewhere close to where the Grand Master Palace is now. Regardless of where it stood, it did not stand there long because 66 years after it was built it fell in the earthquake of 266 BC. Fearing it was cursed they never rebuilt it but the statue lay where it fell for eight centuries. When the Arabs captured Rhodes in 653 AD they sold it to a Jewish merchant who they say needed 900 camels to take it away.

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  • Written Jul 16, 2008
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