Colossus of Rhodes

The Colossus of Rhodes was a Greek statue of the Greek god Helios.  It was built in the city of Rhodes in 280 BC.  The statue was erected to memorialize the victory of Rhodes of the king of Cyprus.  It reached a height of 98 feet (30 m) making it one of the tallest statues of the ancient world.  An earthquake in 226BC destroyed the statue only 56 years after being built.