The Colossus of Rhodes
By: Sam and Caitlin

    The Colossus of  Rhodes, which was commissioned by Chares of Lindos, was believed to be started after 304 B.C. and took 12 years to finish.  The Colossus was built on a pedestal 50 ft. high.  All in all, the Colossus was about 160 ft. tall. It was not as solid as most statues built at that time.  It was a framework made of iron, and skin of bronze.  The builders added stones to the framework to make the Colossus stable.  The pedestal, which was made of white marble, was built first.  Then the stone columns were made, and iron rods were put in the columns to shape out the Colossus.


Artwork by: Caitlin

     The plates they used to make the skin were made on the ground, then lifted and attached to the framework.  They also built earth ramps around and up the statue as the workers did to make the Great Pyramids. They used the ramps so they could carry the bronze plates to the higher levels of the Colossus.  After the levels were finished, they made the ramp as high as the head, and the rest of the Colossus was covered with packed dirt.  When the head was finished and the dirt was removed, the bronze was polished.


Artwork by: Sam

     No one knows exactly where the Colossus was built.  50 years after the Colossus was finished, an earthquake struck the town and broke the Colossus at the knees.  People wanted it to be rebuilt, but one oracle said not to rebuild it.  The ruins of the statue were treasured because of its size.  People even came to Rhodes just to see its broken pieces. Enemies took the broken pieces to Syria, where it was melted and used to make other things.  Even though it lasted only 50 long years, this statue acted as an inspiration for many artists.