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Castle of Rhodes
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The castle that surrounds the medieval town has been standing at the north part of the town for many centuries now. It is one of the best preserved castles in Europe. One of the most important defensive lines is the moat around it. Also you can see still the stone bridges that connect the modern town with the interior settlement of the castle. Apart from the stone bridges one could enter the castle through underground galleries accessible by the openings in the moat. These galleries were many km long and lead to the town or were used as a way out to safer places.

The first fortification in Rhodes was Byzantine and included the area Kollakio. Later on the 12th century the wall was extended and embraced an area of 175.000m².

The Medieval Town

The medieval town was developed inside the castle and constitutes a mixture of different architectural features from various historical periods. The biggest influence on the town’s ‘face’ has been imposed by the knights of St John and the Ottomans during their stay in Rhodes.

Today it is a lively and crucial part of the town with a strong touristic and commercial pulse. The castle and the medieval town have been listed in the UNESCO’s world heritage monuments since 1988.

Apart from historical interest, the medieval town offers all the necessary services to visitors! Here you will find shops, restaurants, night clubs, bars and a variety of accommodation options.

Sightseeing

Get in touch with the castle’s course in time through the labyrinths of narrow alleys and the buildings that have been declared cultural monuments. The most significant constructions are: the Palace of the Grand Master, the Hospital of the Knights of St John that today houses the Archaeological Museum, the municipal Art Gallery, the knightly Arsenal that today operates as the Folklore Museum, the Palace of Katellano that today hosts the municipal Library, the Decorative Arts Collection as well as a number of churches and mosques. The most noteworthy monuments in the medieval town are:

The Palace of the Grand Master (14th century)

The Palace of the Grand Master or Castello is the most significant monument of the Knightly Period and stands aτ the northwest part of the medieval town. The Palace has been constructed by the Knights of St John on the foundations of the Byzantine Citadel of the 7th century B.C. During the Turkish Occupation it constituted the island’s prison, in 1912 during the Italian Occupation it was restored and served as the base of the Italian commanders and it was the summer residency of the King Victor Emmanuel the 3rd and Mussolini too.

In the 1948, when the Dodecanese islands joined the Greek state, the first floor was converted into a museum that exhibits various artistic events, weapons, books, paintings, statues and many more.

Opening hours:

In summer: Tuesday-Sunday 08:00 – 19:30, Monday 09:00 – 16:00

In winter: Tuesday-Sunday 08:30 – 15:00, on Mondays is closed.

The ticket costs 6€ and the reduced fee is 3€. Children under 18 get a free entrance.

Tel: +3(0)2241365270

 

Panagia tou Kastrou (Virgin Mary of the Castle)

This is the oldest-saved church in the town that dates to the 11th century A.D. On architectural terms it was originally a cruciform registered temple with a dome that in the Knightly period was turned into a three-aisled Basilica with gothic cross arches. In the course of time it has been used as an Orthodox Temple, a Catholic Temple, a mosque and a Museum (of Byzantine Art). Today the monument is under the Archaeological Service’s supervision.

Suleiman Mosque

This monument was constructed in the 16th century A.D. after Suleiman took over the town. The monument’s restoration project has been awarded by Europa Nostra in 2006.

 



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