Colossus of Rhodes was the personification of Helios, the god of sun, protector of the island. It was one of the seven Wonders of the Ancient World as a gigantic sculpture with a height of 32 meters. It was supposed to stand with open legs at the entrance of Rhodes’ port, with a foot at each side. Back in the 4th century B.C, Rhodians defended their city after a year long battle from the besieger Demetrius. To celebrate their victory, they sold most of his war equipment and built the structure in honor of Helios. Designed by the Lindian sculptor Harris, student of Lysippus in 3rd century B.C., it consisted mainly of brass. It was hollow inside and could stand thanks to its iron frame and the large rocks that kept it stable. Its construction lasted about 12 years and was completed in 282 B.C.
Colossus was the pride of Rhodes’ port for about 60 years. In 222 B.C. an intense earthquake hit the island and destroyed the sculpture. In fear of it being an oracle from the gods, Rhodians didn’t even think to build it again. In 654 A.C. Saracens conquered the island and took lots of spoils, including the ruins of Colossus. It’s said that the plates were transferred back to Syria and were sold to traders or melted to create coins.
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Rhodes is a place of unique beauty surrounded by many myths. Through the ages the residents of the island invented lots of stories about the way life and creatures were made. One of the most famous myths states that when Zeus prevailed upon the Giants, he decided to offer the island to one of the Olympian Gods. God Helios (god of Sun) at that time was absent, so to be fair, Zeus rearranged the procedure! Helios requested his desire for the first land that would rise from the Aegean Sea the following morning. The next day when he woke up, he saw a beautiful island full of vegetation and turquoise waters. Immediately Helios fell in love with Rhodes’ shape and natural details so he bathed her with his sunbeams and made them last for almost every day for centuries. Thus, Rhodes became the island of Helios, the god of Sun.
Helios and Rhodes got married and gave birth to 7 sons and 1 daughter. The progeny of Kerkafos, one of their seven sons, were Kamiros, Ialisos and Lindos. They divided the island into 3 regions and they named the new towns – that still exist today- after them. Rhodes is an island favorable by the sun, as it has sunshine for about 300 days per year. It served as a trade center between many civilizations from the ancient Greece’s era, through the Medieval times and also during the Ottoman domination. This is the reason it is packed with ancient mythology and Middle Ages folklore.
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Lindos is a small traditional town on the east coast of Rhodes, 50km south of the center. Its beautiful scenery along with the fine beaches made Lindos one of the must-visit destinations of the island. Although it nowadays serves as solely a tourist destination, the town has a long history which is pretty obvious as soon as you see the Acropolis Castle on the top of its hill.
Back in the 10th century BC Lindos was founded by the Dorians ‘ tribe. It was one of the six Dorian cities who formed the area named “The Dorian Hexapolis”. Lindos had great power at controlling the seas because of its forceful navy. The town’s location was ideal for meetings between Greek and Phoenician kings and since the 8th century Lindos became one of the most crowded trading centers. For many years it was slowly expanding, until the late 5th century when Rhodes (center) was founded and Lindos started declining.
According to Greek Mythology Lindos was founded by Danaus, son of the king of Egypt, who went there with his 50 daughters to escape family complications, as it was planned for his daughters to marry his brother’s 50 sons. Danaus built the Doric Temple of Athena on the acropolis and put a statue of Athena as a tribute.
Likewise the other ancient cities of Rhodes it served a very important role in the defense of the locals as it provided easy access to the sea. You can now feel the evolution of these cities through the centuries in our interactive 9D movie experience. Feel the heat of each major Rhodian battle as you roam through with our 3D, wind, fire, water, shake and sound effects!
Visit Throne of Helios 9D Cinema and Entertainment Center at 25th March Street, 2 in the center of Rhodes. Movies start every 30 minutes and are available simultaneously in 13 languages!
Rhodes is an island of great history. Back in the 10th century B.C until today, the tribes who lived on the island played an important role on how we know it today.
The Hellenic Years
Minoans from Crete were the first who lived on the island. Next came Achaioi tribe from Mykines, Attica and Argos and later during the 11th century B.C. came Dorieis. They created the first connected cities on the island, Lindos, Ialisos and Kamiros, which still exist today. Rhodes was very popular when it came to trading and Rhodians had connections to every major city of that time.
The Gold Years
On 408 B.C. the three big cities combined their powers and created the city of Rhodes which was the capital of the island and eventually evolved to a great center of economics and trade. Apparently after Great’s Alexander’s death, Rhodians allied with the Ptolemians, but on 305 B.C. Macedonians who were one of their biggest enemies came with a great army and captured the island. In honor for their victory, they made Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient word.
The legend says that they funded Colossus by selling the enemy’s war machines. It’s rumored to had been 32 meters tall, standing at the entrance of the harbor, with ships passing between the statue’s legs. Unfortunately 12 years later a strong earthquake destroyed the iconic statue. It was not rebuilt because the earthquake was interpreted as a curse from the gods.
The Byzantine Period had Rhodes under Arab occupation. The following decades can be highlighted by the medieval battles between the knights of St. John and the Ottomans. Ottomans occupied the island for more than 4 centuries, before losing ground, thus Rhodes becoming a part of Italy before its integration with the Greek Nation on 7 March 1948.
All tribes left their mark behind and turned Rhodes into a multi-infuenced island that thousands of visitors from all around the world appreciate every year.
Historically Rhodes had been a crucial geographical position. Through the ages conquerors were continuously trying to dominate the island. Tribes from all over the world wanted to conquer Rhodes because of its perfect spot in the Aegean, which was ideal for trade. From 300 B.C to 1948, when Rhodes joined the Greek Nation, numerous battles took place on the island, but two of them stood out and played the most important role in the island’s long history.
Let’s go back in the Middle Ages when the island was inhabited and protected by the Order of the Knights Hospitaller also known as the Knights of Rhodes. In 1480, Ottomans (west Asia) had the first expedition to rule the island, but their superior army lost the battle. The reason was the flawless strategy of the Knights and the huge walls of the current “Old Town” which slowed down the Ottomans. After days of fighting with lots of casualties, Ottomans decided to retreat. Later, that proved to be only the beginning…
Ottomans lost the battle but not the war.
For years they were planning an even bigger attack and while being led by Sultan Suleiman, they organized a second attempt to conquer the island on 26 June 1522. They arrived with 400 ships and an army of 100,000 soldiers, manpower way greater than the knights who were only 6,000 along with some help from the locals. The war went on for months but eventually the Knights lost ground as 90% of their army fell on the battle along with the Latin and Greek inhabitants of Rhodes. They soon agreed to surrender and accept Suleiman’s offer to abandon the island with anything they could carry on the ships. That was the end of the knights’ stay in Rhodes as after the battle they fled to Malta to continue their legacy.
Middle Ages surely were tough. Now you have the opportunity to relive the medieval action with all of your senses. In our interactive 9D movie cinema you can feel the history of Rhodes rolling in front of your eyes! Travel through the centuries and feel the rain, the fire, the cannon shakes, the strong winds and even the smells of those eras! Only in Throne Of Helios, the first and only 9D Entertaining Center in Europe!