Sun, 06 Mar 2005
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Rhodes to recreate ancient statue

After countless failed attempts, officials on the eastern Dodecannese island of Rhodes are determined to recreate one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Colossus of Rhodes.

Rhodes Mayor Giannis Iatridis said he is eager to rebuild the ancient wonder and has recruited Greek-Cypriot sculptor Nikolaos Gotsiamanis to come up with the appropriate design.

Until now, the project has not had the backing of the Greek Culture Ministry, which provides the appropriate licenses for such projects.

According to Rhodes officials, the project would have a total cost of 100 million euros (US$129 million) and stand 33 meters high. It will be constructed in the tourist area of Faliraki.

"We know the difficulties associated with such a project but we will do everything we can to make it happen," said Iatridis, adding that a European association has been set up in support of the project.

The original Colossus took 12 years to build and was finished in 282 BC. It was made from bronze. For years, the statue stood at the island's main harbor until an earthquake destroyed it about 226 BC. -- DPA





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