Colossus of Rhodes is one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World and was built at some point during the Golden Age until Roman times. It was a huge bronze statue of the Sun God, about 31 meters tall which remained in place for only 66 years. According to Strabo, it was ruined in the earthquake of 227, but they did not raise it again, fearing an oracle.
Elafina means female deer in Greek and Rhodes was named after "Elafina" because Dama Dama deer of Rhodes is considered a symbol of the island and is part of its tradition. Apparently, it is one of the few deer species in Europe that have survived. There are many conjectures about how DamaDamadeer was found on the island of Rhodes. One of the stronlgy-believed theories is that it relates to the arrival of the Crusaders. Rhodes had many snakes and to protect their camps from them, they imported the deer and used it as a guard.At the entrance of the old port of the city, there are placed on columns two deer statues, a male and a female.