fallen to pieces, and in places the loose drift of leaves has half obscured others. The majority of
those who lie buried here are Turkish civil servants. A few are political exiles. Lawrence Durrell, Notes on a Marine Venus
A mere stone's throw from Durrell's house, these bronze deer mark the spot where one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Colossus of Rhodes once straddled the harbour. Erected by Chares of Lindos in 280BC, the Colossus was constructed to commemorate the successful defence of Rhodes against Demetrius I of Macedonia. It collapsed after an earthquake in 226BC. The ruins remained until the Arab invasion in 653AD when the Colossus was completely destroyed and the remains sold.
At temperatures hovering at around 32°C, it was time for a frappe, a Greek iced coffee taken "sweet with milk", in The Yachting Club Cafe on Mandraki harbour which isn't as eye-wateringly expensive as you'd expect.
Our first frappe of the holiday is treated with the same reverence as the first Greek salad and bottle of Mythos, admired, photographed and sighed over.
In the shadows of the gate stands the remains of the Temple of Aphrodite, built in the 3rd century BC and once home to the statue of the Marine Venus, immortalised in Durrell's book (you'll meet her later).
We ambled back into the town, walking along the 14th century fortifications which The Knights of St John enhanced utilising the original Byzantine walls.
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