Rhodes Island – Greece
Rhodes Island is located at the crossroads of two major sea routes the Mediterranean between the Aegean Sea and the Middle East coast, as well as, Cyprus and Egypt. Geographically located at the meeting point of three continents, many have tried to conquer it over the years.
Throughout its long history the different civilazations who settled here left their mark in all aspects of the Island’s culture: art, history, language and architecture.
Its strategic position was advantageous to the Island as it brought great wealth and made Rhodes town one of the leading cities of the ancient Greek world.
Rhodes is the largest island in the Dodecanese. The capital city located at the northern tip, is the capital of the Prefecture with the Medieval Town in its centre.
Historically, Rhodes was world famous for the Collosos of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
In 1988, the Medieval Old Town of the City of Rhodes has been declared a World Heritage Site. Today, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe.
Rhodes Old Town
As you enter one of the largest medieval towns in Europe, it soon becomes obvious that the Old Town of Rhodes is a rich blend of different cultures and civilizations. Visitors have the rare opportunity to stroll within medieval walls and explore 24 centuries of history!
The fascinating medieval fortress-like buildings, bastions, walls, gates, narrow alleys, minarets, old houses, fountains, and busy squares give guests the feeling they have stepped back into Medieval times.
The Grand Master’s Palace is certainly the highlight of the Old Town, don’t miss it.
The Palace, originally a Byzantine fortress built at the end of the 7th century AD. It was converted in the early 14th century by the Knights of Saint John into the residence of the Grand Master of the order and the administrative headquarters of their state. Now it has been converted into an amazing museum.