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Colossus of Rhodes (Greece)

This ill-fated bronze statue - perhaps as high as a modern 10-story building - was erected in Rhodes about 280 B.C. to honor the sun god Helios. An upward sweeping arm supposedly bore a torch, glorifying the city and aiding mariners. Within 60 short years, a devastating earthquake toppled the Colossus of Rhodes. The metal of this Seven Wonders of the Ancient World edifice was eventually sold as scrap and nothing remains today.