The island of Rhodes is a stunning destination. Located at a crossroads between Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, this position on major sea routes has given Rhodes a wealth of history.
The island has been inhabited since around 4000 BC, and its heritage from different cultures has made it a place of unparalleled charm and beauty. The Medieval City reflects thousands of years of time passed, and is truly is a site that is worthy of its place on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Many impressive landmarks have stood over the years in the Medieval City of Rhodes but unfortunately some no longer stand. Happily a large number do still remain which reflect back to the somewhat ‘mystical’ period of the Knights.
The Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes is an enormous fortress in the centre of the Medieval City. Built during the 14th century, visitors to the island flock to visit this impressive structure that has seen hundreds of years of sieges, wars and empires.
The wonderful palace now serves as an incredible museum for visitors to uncover the centuries of history it holds within its walls.
Visitors can also see the Acropolis of Rhodes, a further glimpse back in time. Located just 3km from the centre of the city, the partially reconstructed site consists of the “Temple of Apollo”, as well as a magnificent stadium and a small Greek theatre.
For those with an eye for design, the Gothic buildings in the historical upper town are not to be missed. The wide range of influences throughout the ages makes it a melting pot of architectural styles and an inspirational place for all to enjoy.
Another unforgettable experience is the Byzantine harbour. Rhodes is famously an island, and its namesake city is located on the shores of the Aegean Sea. The harbour is intrinsically linked to its history, and the Mediterranean winds drive the world renowned ‘Windmills of Rhodes’, which gently turn as they overlook the city and waters.
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Wine and Dine
Rhodes traditionally serves Mediterranean dishes; its food and wine are close to its culture and represent the heritage of the region. The city has an abundance of restaurants and bistros the give you a true taste of the Rhodes.
All over the island, and especially in the Medieval City, the unique dish of ‘Pitaroudia’ with chick peas is served. The Rhodian twist on the classic recipe is what makes the dish different compared to anywhere else on Earth. If you have a palate for new experiences, don’t hesitate to try Pitaroudia, and enjoy the wonderful taste for yourself!
The Medieval City is full of history, not only from the time of the Knights, but also from Ancient Greece. Rhodes was famously the home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: The Colossus of Rhodes. The monument was a statue of the Greek Titan Helios, which stood over 30 metres high, making it one of the tallest statues of ancient times. Paintings and texts have shown that ships had to pass through its legs, standing over the entrance to the harbour.
The Colossus was toppled and destroyed around 226 BC, when a strong earthquake hit the island. A Jewish merchant bought the ruins eight centuries later, and local legend says it needed 900 camels to haul the fallen titan away!
This World Heritage Site is a place unlike any other. Its culture and monuments alone are enough to create an adventure for the whole family to enjoy, before its gorgeous weather, beaches and coasts are even taken into account. Come and let the amazing Medieval City of Rhodes take your breath away, and experience all that it has to offer.