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Welcome to Rhodes!

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The city of Rhodes
- The Medieval City of 1275 with the impressive fortification constructions, built by the Saint John’s Knights. The medieval city has seven gates and the most distinctive ones are the “Sea Gate” and the “D’ Amboise”. It’s divided in two parts. The buildings of the Order and the Magister’s Palace are located on the northern part and the buildings where Greeks and Jews were leaving are on the southern part. The Knight’s road, which is the main street of the city, is about 6 meters wide (built on top of the ancient street road) and gathers most of the medieval buildings. On the street sides, visitors will see the residences of various nationalities of the Order. The most impressive one is the French, which bears the crest of the Gran Magister. The northern part of the medieval city includes the impressive Knights’ Castle with the palace of the Gran Magister on the northwestern side. The castle, which is the biggest building of the old city, was once used by the Turks as a prison. Later it was destroyed, only to be rebuilt by the Italians, who decorated the floors with exceptional mosaics from the Roman and the Byzantine era they brought from Kos, making it a true architectural jewel. The engraved structures, the gates, the crests and the residences of the Knights from various areas (France, England, Verne, Province, Spain and Germany) simple complete this charming image.

The entrance of the castle is truly imposing with two semicircular towers and the crest of the Gran Magister. Visitors after ascending the magnificent stairs, will see the hall with the trophy from the Mithridatic Wars (1st century AC) brought from the cemetery of ancient Rhodes. The floors have exceptional mosaics from the Roman and the Byzantine years, brought from Kos. The hall with the statue of Laokontas and his sons, creation of the Rodian sculptors Agisandros, Polydoros and Athinodoros is also very impressive. The next halls boast the mosaic with Medusa and the one with the tiger. Then we see the hall and the office of the Italian commander of Dodecanese, during the Italian occupation, and the hall with the columns. The mosaics we see here came from the island of Kos. There are also the halls with the dolphins, Erotas and the 9 Muses.

- The building of Kastellania in Ippokratous Square, where the library of Rhodes is hosted.
- The Suleiman Mosque, near the Ippokratous Square, built where the Byzantine church of Agioi Apostoloi used to be.
- Retzep Pasha Mosque, near the church of Agios Fanourios. For its construction, parts of the Knights’ buildings were used.
- The Turkish Library. It features rare manuscripts. Among them an illustrated version of the Koran and a history book dedicated to the siege of Rhodes by the Turks on 1522. The founder was Havout Ahmet Aga in 1794.
- The old clock, with the panoramic view to the old town. It’s located on Orfeos Street, which is parallel to the Knigts’ Street and today operates like a café-bar.
- The church of Agios Fanourios was built on the 13th century and boasts rare murals.
- The hospital of the Knights, which was one of the greatest buildings at the time. Today it operates as the Archeological Museum with great exhibits. Above the imposing entrance there is a marble plaque with two angels holding the crest of the Gran Magister. It’s also said that the Gran Magister donated 10.000 gold fiorinis to built it (July 15 1440). The southern part of the old town was inhabited by the rest of the population.
- The ancient acropolis of Rhodes (known as Monte Smith, from the name of the British Admiral), which includes remnants of temples and a theater.
- The Italian architecture buildings of the Prefecture, the City Hall, the Courthouse, the Post Office, the Old Market and the Theater in the new city.
- The northern port of Mandraki. It has a pier, an old tower and windmills, while the entrance features the two mostly photographed deer, where Colossus used to be (one of the seven wonders of the world).
- Rodini is a lovely richly vegetated garden, with fountains and ponds.
- The municipal Gallery, in Symi Square, with representative works of Greek painters and engravers of the 20th century.
- The Aquarium is north of Mandraki. It features 24 displays with marine species from the Greek and the tropical seas.
- The church of Annunciation is a gothic three-aisled basilica with murals of Fotis Kontoglou and it’s the metropolitan cathedral of Rhodes.
- The Byzantine and the Folk Art Museum.

The island
This island is not inadvertently considered as one of the most popular destinations of the Mediterranean. Rhodes has so many beautiful natural and manmade places, that it’s impossible to visit them all, even if someone has a lot of free time. Below you shall find all the places you absolutely need to visit:
- The village Archangelos, which is the biggest one in Rhodes, among mountains and hills, with a castle and many old houses.
- The village Afantou, which is also big and one of the oldest in Rhodes.
- Τhe mountainous Emponas, with the beautiful square and the distinctive Cycladic architecture.
- Ialyssos, which is the most well developed location in the island.
- The villages of Kremasti, Paradeisi and Faliraki with the amazing beaches, the exceptional development and the famous butterflies forest.
- The mountainous Kritinia with the scintillating view to the Aegean and the nearby islands.
- The gorgeous Lindos with the impressive Acropolis and the historical attractions.
- The traditional, agricultural Monolithos, with the stone houses and the olive groves.
- The quiet and agricultural Kattavia and the exotic Prasonisi, which is the southernmost place of the island.

ROUTES 

Rhodes is a big island with a 1.398 square kilometers area and about 220 kilometers of coastline. But this is not it’s only advantage. The island has a strategic geographical position, a peculiar morphology, rich vegetation and beautiful villages and settlements. While you are driving, you will get the chance to see the amazing sea view, low mountains, hills, plains, pine forests, olive groves, vineyards, small orchards, sown areas and various authentic Mediterranean landscapes. The northern part of the island (where the capital is) is very well developed and vibrant, while the southern part is more quiet and traditional. The main distances, starting from the city of Rhodes, are: 

• Archangelos 28 km
• Afantou 19 km
• Emponas 52 km
• Ialyssos 10 km
• Faliraki 16 km
• Kalythies 19 km
• Kremasti 12 km
• Lindos 46 km
• Monolithos 73 km
• Skala Kameirou 50 km 



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