Saturday, December 26, 2015

Statuesque, indeed!

It seems a Greek consortium wants to recreate one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world.

The Colossus of Rhodes dominated the ancient port until it was destroyed by an earthquake more than 2,000 years ago.

Now architects plan to build a new monument, albeit one five times larger than the original.

The new Colossus will straddle the two outer piers of the harbour. Facing the Aegean, it will clutch a huge beacon in its raised right hand which will be visible not only to passing ships, but as far as the Turkish coast, 35 miles away.

Its beacon will not only act as a lighthouse, but also contain a viewing platform. Ships will sail between the statue’s legs.

Costing €250 million [about US $275 million], the statue will rise more than 135 metres (443 feet) above the harbour, about one and a half times the size of New York’s Statue of Liberty.

There's more at the link.

If they're going to sail cruise ships through that thing's legs, I hope they make sure its loincloth is closed underneath . . . otherwise cruise ship passengers who've had one too many are going to be climbing the masts to tickle its fancy on the way through!



bruce said...

Sounds like a wonderful idea. How will the consortium get its money back. Charge the cruise ships a peeping fee?

Rev. Paul said...

" tickle its fancy on the way through!"

Among other things. :)

Fred said...

Building it will give the Greeks something to do other than listen to the socialists and communists whine about having to pay the NWO banks back all the money they keep borrowing. Greece peaked in 450 BC and it shows, speaking of peeking.

Anonymous said...

If they can afford to build it will be a wonder all its own. If they can do it without it costing four times as much due to cost overruns and graft, it will be a wonder.


richard mcenroe said...

Can't keep the lights on but spend a fortune to rebuild an ancient vanity that Turkey will probably use for an aiming stake.