Thursday, August 20, 2009

Colossus of Rhodes

Colossus of Rhodes

Colossus of RhodesColossus of Rhodes was a gigantic statue of the Greek god Helios, erected on the island of Rhodes, Greece, in the III century a. C. Cares for the sculptor of Lindos. It is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

All that is known about this statue is due to the news we have left the ancient writers Polibio Strabo and Pliny, and the chronicles of Constantine VII Byzantine Porfirogéneta, Michael the Syrian and Philo.

Made with bronze plaques on an iron frame, the statue represented the Greek sun god, Helios. Its size was 32 meters tall and weighs approximately 70 tons, dimensions similar to the Statue of Liberty, located in New York, but rested on a platform lower.

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