Boasting more than 300 days of sunshine each year, the Greek isle of Rhodes is an ideal destination for Greek history lovers and sun worshippers. Its mild winters and hot, dry summers make this region the perfect year-round playground. Most rain falls from November through March, when temperatures are cooler. The waters surrounding the island remain blessedly warm and inviting.
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This beautiful resort is just steps away from a pristine private beach and a short drive from the Medieval City of Rhodes.
The ancient Collossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, was thought to stand on a huge pedestal at the harbor of Rhodes. This epic iron and bronze statue commemorated the Greek god of the sun, Helios. The work supposedly took twelve years to build. It stood an astonishing 108 feet high, about the height of the Statue of Liberty, from 280 BC to 226 BC, when it was destroyed by an earthquake. Although former residents of Rhodes considered rebuilding the statue, the esteemed Oracle at Delphi suggested its destruction was destined because it may have angered the Greek god Helios. Much more recently, architects have considered resurrecting this giant statue. Architect Aris A. Pallas, notes: “We want to revive the symbolism it imbued, pooling human and financial resources together from across the globe.” Only time will tell whether this dream can be transformed into reality during Greece’s modern age.
When Italy occupied the Dodecanese islands during 1934-35, they built an Aquarium research facility to explore the sea life of the region.
The capital of Rhodes has the same name as the island.
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