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The city of Rhodes.The harbor and the palace of Grand Masters

 

Rodos town ,SiMIS SQUARE

 

The city of  Rhodes is one of the biggest municipalities of all  the Greek islands.

It is the financial and cultural center of the south eastern Aegean ,and successfully combines a lively present with a rich  historical past

There are  many reasons why  Rhodes island  is the most popular resort of  the Mediterranean : The natural surroundings include crystal clear  beaches, many parks  , (in Rhodes town) the bright sun, add to  the warm hospitality of the islanders themselves

 

     The city of Rhodes town has an excellent tourist infrastructure and offers a wide variety of entertainment  such as night life, sports, cultural   events ,and day trips to wonderful  Lindos and neighboring  islands,

       Highly recommend  to visit Simi island for  a day trip.Finally, visitors have the opportunity to learn something of the  colourfull  historyof the city of Rhodes ,visit the museums ,or go sightseeing

 

The famous Street of the Knights,Ippoton.

The most important and imposing street in the

Collachium,  leading ,to the Grand Master's Palace.

 

 

   The earlier Byzantine city was extended, and the walls fortified, by the Knights of Saint John in the 14th and 15th centuries ,creating the medieval city of Rhodes we see today. Eleven Gates  lead to the interior whichis ,in turn,  divided into two sectors: the Colloquium,  where the knights lived and where  the most important  Knights houses are still to be found, and the

"Burgh" ,the main city. The old Town as the locals call it is today one of the best preserved fortified medieval towns and is included in UNESCO list of

Word Heritage Site Walking the cobbled streets the  visitors  can admire the magnificent buildings of the Knights ,the moat and walls with their ramparts, the Byzantine churches and the mosques ,the squares ,the gardens and the courtyards of the houses. The feeling is very mush as though the clock has stopped somewhere in the past, but at the same time the visitor discovers

that this unique complex is a vibrant town, full of surprises, and just crying out for exploration.

 

 

The Grand Masters Palace, the most imposing edifice in the  Old town, was the headquarters of the leader of the

Order of the Knights of Saint  John, and at the same time a strong  fortes.

  It was built in the 14th century on the  ruins of a Byzantine fort. It consists of two   storey  with a large internal courtyard. It was destroyed in the period of Turkish rule  and rebuilt in the 1930's in the magnificent style we see now.

Today  the Palace is a museum, and its many rooms contain important archaeological finds from ancient and

medieval Rhodes

 

            

 

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