Rhodes is an island famous since antiquity. The old quarter of Rhodes is one of the best preserved medieval city in Europe and a World Heritage Site. Stroll to the 2400-year old Mandraki Harbour. Mandraki Harbor was the main military harbor of ancient Rhodes for almost 2,500 years and its mouth could be shut off by chains. Now the mouth is adorned by bronze statues of a male and female deer (Elafos and Elafina) symbols of the island - which stand on columns. It is believed that the Colossus of Rhodes was standing there, a Rhodian symbol of strength and wealth. The Colossus structure was one of the ancient 7 wonders of the world. This giant bronze statue was documented as once standing at the harbour. It was completed in 280 BC but was destroyed in an earthquake in 224 BC. No trace of the statue remains today. The harbor with its millionaires' yachts, moored alongside quaint, old fishing boats is an unspoilt place, lined by seaside Cafes. Mandraki is used by boats which leave here every day for short cruises to nearby islands and to bathing places on Rhodes. On the long breakwater front at Mandraki stand the three medieval windmills which ground the grain unloaded from merchant vessels in the harbor.