Helios, delusions, and the Colossus of Rhodes

Written by Linton Hutchinson


Rhodes, located on the Aegean Sea contains spectacular beaches with the backdrop of one of the best-preserved walled cities in Europe. It has a different feel than any other islands we have visited and if you’re up to it, you can walk around the entire city on the top of the wall.


The city just feels old, no, make that ancient.  At one time in the past this medieval town was famous as the site of the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.


The Colossus was lost in a massive earthquake, but the charm of this city lives on. The exact location of the Colossus has been a mystery but if you talk to Beck or Sterling, they have a pretty good idea of where it might have been.


After hours of speculation over bubbly water and Nescafe in one of the many wonderful tavernas, they decided to invoke the wisdom of Helios the divine patron on the island. With the sun beating down (Rhodes having an average of three hundred days of sunshine a year), both were given the same vision, either due to dehydration or heat stroke.


Delusional or not, they’ve contacted UNESCO’s World Heritage project to give them an update on it’s exact location.


So if you head out to Rhodes, make sure you bring a hat, plenty of water and sunscreen or you might just find yourself walking in a daze muttering about the true location of the Colossus of Rhodes.


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