It was home to Colossus, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world, before a massive earthquake destroyed the giant statue around 226 BC. Colossus of Rhodes is said to have stood guard over the busy port. The statue was over 30 metres high, making it one of the tallest statues of the ancient world.
Today, nothing remains of the ancient wonder. Instead it’s remembered by two simple Venetian columns each crowned by a deer, which mark the place where the great statue’s feet is thought to have once rested.
A Modern Day Colossus
For a while it’s been rumoured that a modern day version of Colossus is going to be built in the harbour area of Rhodes. It remains to be seen whether this will happen anytime soon, but one thing’s for sure, modern Rhodes still prides itself on its history and famous archaeological sites.
For those of you who like to see medieval architecture, the Old Town of Rhodes is a must visit. The Old Town has been declared a UNESCO world heritage site since 1988, where every corner, every street and every building has its own history.
Altogether Rhodes is a vibrant island where old meets new and tradition mingles with a modern feel. Cheap flights to Rhodes are available from Manchester, East Midlands and Newcastle all year round at Jet2.com.