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.
You can now feel the evolution of Rhodes 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 the audio is available simultaneously in 13 languages!
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!
We are very glad that the prestigious BBC North Ireland came to us and watched the “Throne of Helios” the History Of Rhodes.
They enjoyed all the effects of 9D and lived the unique experience!!!!
Dear friends, we would like to inform you that we will remain open, on a daily basis from 10.00 to 22.00, until Sunday 04/11 where we will officially end our summer period for 2018. The start of the winter period 2018-19, it will be Friday 09/11 where we will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5.30 to 22.30 with many and different movies. 😁
Rhodes is a wonderful place and we want to share it all over the world.
In this endeavor, we feel great joy and honor as we have successfully filled the number of 699 critics at Trip Advisor! We would like to thank all of you, who you bothered to mark us, as well as all of you who have visited Rhodes, all these years supporting our effort.
It is really a special honor for us that the overwhelming majority thinks as excellent our effort. The purpose of “Throne of Helios” has been and remains to promote Greek culture and the entertainment of all visitors to Rhodes.
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