Helios (the Sun) was out on his daily trip, when the Gods decided to divide the world among them. Greedy and hasty as they were, they forgot all about him. Not even a stone was left for him.
On returning from his trip, he saw Rhodes, the daughter of Aphrodite emerging from the sea, where she had been submerged up until that point. When he learned of the injustice that had been done, he demanded that Rhodes be given to him. Zeus, who had been planning to keep her for himself, had no choice but to accept.
That is how the beauty, the clear blue sky and the seashells found on the mountains of Rhodes are explained in mythology.
Her charm and location have always been the cause of her wealth as well as of all her troubles through the centuries. Located in the middle of three continents, where seas and civilizations are connected, it has always been desired by persistent, yet not always kind, lovers.
Since 4,000 BC, Rhodes has been loved by Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Genoans, Pirates, Knights, Turks and Italians. They all had a different way to show their affection.