Getting to Know Rhodes and Its History
According to Greek Mythology, Rhodes has been named after the daughter of Poseidon and Amphitrite. Poseidon was the God of the Sea and Amphitrite was a sea nymph that allured him and became his wife. Rhodes was a nymph herself and fell in love with Helios, the Sun God. Helios was given the island of Rhodes as a gift from Zeus and he grew so fond of the place, that he kept on bathing it gently with his sun rays, highlighting its beauty and spectacular landscapes. With the naming of Rhodes, Helios demonstrated his love and affection towards the nymph bearing the same name.
The island of Rhodes has been well known for its Colossus, one of the Seven Wonders of the World in antiquity. This was a gigantic bronze statue that represented the Sun God, Helios. The statue was over 30 meters high, making it one of the tallest statues of the world as we knew it. Sadly though, an earthquake destroyed the statue and left no trace of it to this day. With the passing of the centuries, Rhodes came to attract the interest of the Knights and therefore medieval touches can be found throughout the island.
Due to its strategic place on the map and thanks to its rich fauna and flora, Rhodes has always been regarded as one of the most important locations to populate and rule. However, nowadays it stands independent and it can take pride in having blended the numerous different elements of both Europe and the Oriental countries into a magnificent outcome. Millions of tourists visit the island on an annual basis and enjoy the unique architecture, the wealthy cultural stimulants and the sights that are overwhelming. You are welcome to join them and see for yourself what Rhodes has got to offer to you as a tourist destination!