Location: Rhodes Town, Greece

Seven things to see in Rhodes Town //// Siedem TOP miejsc do zobaczenia w mieście Rodos

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When I typed "what to do and see in Rhodes" I was surprised to see Colossus of Rhodes as the first result. The statue doesn’t exist and historians even argue where the remains of the statue are, yet it’s one of the most important things to see :)
So, if there is no ancient Brobdingnagian statue in the harbour, what to see in Rhodes town?

As an important port, it was an igniting point in the Aegean Sea. It was occupied by, Romans, rulers of the Byzantine State, Arabs, Joanites, Turks, Italians, Allies, until finally October 28, 1947. during the peace conference of Paris, Rhodes was returned to the Greeks, along with the entire Dodecanese.
The turbulent history influenced the present appearance of the city, where mosques, gothic fortifications, knight's streets, Jewish synagogues and of course the ruins of ancient temples can be seen.

In the beginning, we decided to go around the fortifications that mark the limits of the Old Town from the newer part of the town. It took us over an hour. At the base, the walls reach a thickness of 12 m, have 11 gates and are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
We walked through the Knight Street Ippoton, where taverns and inns were once located. At the time when the Joanites ruled the city, they were grouped according to their nationality due to the different origins of the knights. The buildings can only be viewed from the outside.
One of the buildings is the chapel of St. Trinity, built between 1365 and 1374. During the Ottoman siege, it was turned into a mosque, named 'Khan Zade Mescidi'. In turn, when the Italians occupied Rhodes, they renovated the chapel and added a statue of Maria Virgin and Child in hand.
At the end of the Knight's Street, we visited the Palace of the Grand Masters or otherwise known as the Palace of the Grandmaster of the Knights of Rhodes (also known as the Kastello).
The castle was built by the joannites in the 14th century. In the nineteenth century it was destroyed by an accidental explosion of ammunition. The Italians restored it in the years 1937 - 1940 and they laid the statues in the courtyard, which can still be seen today. There are galleries with chambers around. On the ground floor of the complex there is an exhibition about ancient and medieval Rhodes, which is worth seeing.
The central part of the Old Town is Hippocrates Square, where there is a clock tower from the Byzantine times, Square of the Jewish Martyrs, as well as many cafes and restaurants where you can eat something and relax with an afternoon coffee.
Although we will not see the Colossus of Rhodes Island, it is worth going to the Mandraki port and taking a walk along the waterfront. 
Among the interesting things, we will find medieval windmills ...
The port is a popular destination for many yachts as well as large cruisers
The city of Rhodes has a long and rich history that you can feel on every street.

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  1. Fascinating, the #1 thing to see doesn't exist today. Oh well, lovely shots.

  2. Rhodes looks like a vibrant town with a fascinating history. I'd love to explore its old walls and ruins.
    My post features a visit to Seattle's Volunteer Park Conservatory.

  3. Amazing place. Beautiful photos.

  4. So much history within those walls. Thanks for sharing your fascinating walk.

  5. What nice photos and interesting post :-)

    Have a historytastic weke :-)

  6. Hello, looks like a wonderful place to visit, so many sights to see. I like the old fort and palace. Pretty views of the coast. Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!

  7. ...it's amazing that all of this was built so long ago. It would be a difficult job today with modern equipment. Such a great area to visit and explore. Thanks Klara for sharing, enjoy your week.

  8. Gorgeous photos! I love to visit The city of Rhodes someday.