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 "At Rhodes was set up a Colossus of seventy cubits high, representing the Sun … the artist expended as much bronze on it as seemed likely to create a dearth in the mines."
– Philo of Byzantium
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The Colossus is a Classical Era Wonder in Civilization VI. It must be built on Coast adjacent to land and a Harbor. It cannot be built on a Lake.


Despite being almost exactly the same as its counterpart in Civilization V, the Colossus in Civilization VI is not as strong and coveted as it used to be, due to the drastic changes in the overall landscape between the two iterations. In Civilization V, the number of Trade Route Trade Routes a player can unlock is bound to the tech tree, so every player is destined to have the same number of Trade Route Trade Routes. The Colossus is, therefore, good because it provides an edge over your opponents that you cannot get elsewhere. In Civilization VI, however, the maximum number of Trade Route Trade Routes you have depends how many settlements you have, which makes the Colossus' bonus not all that impressive, since you can always get out another Settler in the early game to have an extra city, which eventually will provide your empire more than just a Trade Route Trade Route and a few Gold Gold per turn. Regardless of which strategy or victory path you are going for, the Colossus is just a mediocre wonder that should not be too high on your priority list.

Civilopedia entry[]

Built from the smelted-down brass and iron of abandoned arms and equipment of a failed invasion, the Colossus of Rhodes was a 98-foot depiction of the Titan Helios erected to celebrate the victory. Construction under the direction of Chares of Lindos began in 292 BC, and by 280 was completed, to the amazement of all. Although the details are a bit hazy – the ancient histories being what they are – the towering statue overlooked the Mandraki harbor entrance set upon a 49-foot high marble pedestal. But it only stood for 56 years before being toppled by an earthquake. Ptolemy III of Egypt offered to pay for its reconstruction, but the Rhodians refused because the Delphi Oracle informed them that the gods were offended by it. Though the gods may have been offended, for nearly 900 years the rusting ruins of the statue were a tourist “must-see.” In 653 AD the forces of the Muslim caliph Muawiyah I overran Rhodes, and the new owners promptly sold it for scrap to Jewish merchants, who used – it is said – 900 camels to haul the mass away. From scrap to scrap.


  • The Colossus appears in the Civilization VI intro cinematic with the narrator lighting its torch.


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1 Requires a DLC2 Specific scenarios only

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