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Rhodes a historical highlight in southern Greece

August 24, 2011 - 2:25am
Rhodes a historical highlight in southern Greece
Located in the southeastern tip of the country, Rhodes has been one of the most renowned cities in Greece for thousands of years, and it has the landmarks to prove it.

Rhodes is probably most famous for being the home to the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. A tribute to the Greek Titan Helios, the enormous statue was built between 292 and 280 B.C. and stood about 107 feet tall. Though it has long since been destroyed, the city still exhibits its place in Greek history.

The Acropolis of Rhodes is one of the best-preserved cites from the time period and dates back between the 2nd and 3rd century B.C. The site's main feature is the Temple of Apollo, which is designated by several pillars and stands above a partially-reconstructed stadium.

Although it came to prominence during the Ancient Greek period, Rhodes has been important all throughout history as evidenced by the sprawling grounds of the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights. Built in the 14th century, this enormous castle has been restored over the years and is now a popular destination for visitors.