AUTHOR: Allen Bobinac
I want to introduce you to the world’s most spectacular natural man-made structures in human history known to mankind as the Seven Wonders of the World. Scattered all over the planet; our journey begins in Ancient Greece on the Island of Rhodes that is located between two ancient sea-trade routes southwest of Asia Minor and near Egypt. Made of bronze the statue was 32 meters tall, that is 14 meters less than the statue of liberty in New York.
The statue was so big that ships used it for navigation. Much of the monument remains shrouded in mystery, as it was destroyed in an earthquake in 226 B.C when the Colossus broke at the knees, the top portion falling to the ground.
“In the serene weather of the tropics, it is exceedingly pleasant-the mast-head; nay, to a dreamy meditative man it is delightful. There you stand, a hundred feet above the silent decks, striding along the deep, as if the masts were gigantic stilts, while beneath you and between your legs, as it were, swim the hugest monsters of the sea, even as ships once sailed between the boots of the famous Colossus at old Rhodes”. Herman Melville
The statue would go untouched for 900 years until the Arab invasion of Rhodes in 654. The remains are said to have been melted down to be used as coins, tools, artefacts and weapons. Legend says that a Syrian junk dealer hauled the bronze away on nearly 1000 camels. Still, to this day, no one knows how it was built.
This is one of many stories that will remain a mystery.