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Over the past decades, I've visited Rhodes 4-5 times. The ruins of the ancient city of Lindos and the living museum of the walled city of Rhodes comprise the main attractions of the island. On my visits to the walled city, I've frequently wondered about these stone stairs ascending to a restaurant, but also worried about the lack of any handrailing to protect against a fall to the cobblestoned ground below. But finally, I see how practical they are for posing for a group photo. The six Asian women visiting the island had discovered the convenient geometry of the stairs and a seventh was getting ready to snap a photograph of the other six. I was sitting in an outdoor cafe across the square when I saw the photo opportunity and immediately snapped a few shots with a long lens. A young girl, not with the group, suddenly wandered into the frame, but a little symmetry-breaking is alright.

I will file this photo away into the group theme, Memorable Staircases. I welcome others to submit photos to the theme.

The Island of Rhodes in the Aegean Sea is known for its walled medieval city, the Knights of Rhodes — legendary veterans of the Crusades to the Holy Land — and for its immense statue, the Colossus of Rhodes, between whose legs small ships would sail in entering the city’s port. Indeed, this was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Occupied through the centuries and the millennia by the Greeks, Romans, the Crusaders, the Ottoman Turks, and finally the Greeks again, it supports a polyglot society. According to Homer, it was in Rhodes that the Greek ships grouped before sailing north to lay the siege on Troy.

Warm regards to my friends on Trekearth.

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