Rhodes, Greece

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Rhodes, the largest of Greece’s Dodecanese islands, is known for its beach resorts, ancient ruins and remnants of its occupation by the Knights of St. John during the Crusades. The fortified medieval old town of Rhodes has many great religious, civil and military monuments, churches, monasteries, mosques, baths, palaces, forts, gates and ramparts.

The medieval city of Rhodes is a UNESCO world heritage site for its impact during the period of the knights (1309-1522) and its example of  the architectural style of the Crusades that combines Byzantine, French, and Spanish influences.

The medieval city is surrounded by a 4 km wall built to protect Rhodes from attacks by foreign empires and corsairs that sailed the Mediterranean and Aegean.


Evrion Martiron Square (The Square of the Jewish Martyrs- also called Sea Horse Square) is surrounded by taverns, cafes and souvenir shops. Artists set up easels to paint portraits of visitors. 

Ippokratous Square,the juncture of two main market streets, is a hub for exploring Medieval Rhodes with its ancient fountain, staircase and Castellania library.


The Archeological Museum of Rhodes is housed in the hospital that was built by the knights of St. John in the 15th century.

The Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, a medieval castle was previously a citadel of the Knights Hopitaller that functioned as a palace, headquarters and fortress.

The Street of the Knights (Ippoton Street), lined with the 7 inns representing the 7 countries of origin of the knights, is where the knights lived, trained, worked and prayed.

The winding cobbled lanes of Old Rhodes are impeccably maintained and a delight to wander. 

The view from the 7th century clock tower takes in  the domes and minarets of  a variety of religious buildings.

Tarsanas Gate serves as the exit from the old town to the old Mendraki harbour.

The late gothic Church of Panagia (Our Lady) of the Burgh was badly damaged in WWII.

St. Catherine's Gate was erected in 1478 as a defense against Ottoman attack. A siege in 1522 was successful and secured Ottoman control of the Eastern Mediterranean.

There are three harbours in Rhodes, where commercial and pleasure craft access outlying islands. 


Outside the walls lies a modern downtown core.

Although Rhodes gets very little rain, it is famous for selling umbrellas.

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This site was last updated 08/11/19