3. Colossus of Rhodes/Statue of Liberty

The Colossus of Rhodes was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Chares of Lindos designed the statue of Helios, which was erected between 292 and 280 BC. It was destroyed during an earthquake in the year 226 BC.

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Despite Emma Lazarus’ claim that the Statue of Liberty was “[n]ot like the brazen giant of Greek fame,With conquering limbs astride from land to land,” the Statue was indeed modeled after the Colossus of Rhodes. In the late nineteenth-century, engineers thought that the Colossus most likely stood with its legs together, as the Statue of Liberty does.

Liberty Island was originally home to Fort Wood