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The Colossus of Rhodes The Colossus of Rhodes

The Colossus of Rhodes, the least understood of all the Seven Wonders, only stood erect for 56 years. No one knows exactly where it stood or what it looked like. Most agree that it was an enormous bronze statue 34 m (110 ft) high of the sun god Helios built somewhere overlooking the harbor of Rhodes. An earthquake in 226 B.C. broke the statue at its knee and it was never re-erected. Its fragments were said to have been transported to Syria on the backs of 900 camels by a Jew. The Jew had bought them from Arabs who had pillaged the region.


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