The Island of the Knights
Tour Rhodes, Greece and you’ll quickly see why many call it “the island of the knights!” The Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem controlled the island from 1310 to 1522, and they definitely left their mark on this amazing place. Massive stone walls surround the Old Town area in near pristine condition. This World Heritage Site has maintained the historical integrity of the area. You can take a step back in time, surrounded by history, untarnished by the modern sprawl. Stone pathways lead you through a labyrinth of peaceful passageways you want to get lost in!
Medieval Castle Culture
The most prominent structure in town is the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes. The Byzantines built this Gothic castle and fortress in the 7th century. Beautiful mosaics carpet the building. Meanwhile, a forest of archways, arcades, statues, and columns guide the way through. There’s so much to explore among this citadel of stone. The Palace is open to the public, and many guided tour options are available. So feel free to unleash your inner knight and storm the castle!
Tour Rhodes’ Ancient Ruins
The island of Rhodes is littered with ancient ruins. In fact, there’s everything from complete villages to single structures scattered throughout the island. During my visit, restorations were being made to the Temple of Apollo on the Acropolis of Rhodes, up on the island’s highest point. Aphodite, Zeus, and Athena boast their own temples on the island as well. And at Ancient Kamiros and the archaeological site at Lindos provide an even more comprehensive look at an Ancient Greek community.
The Colossus of Rhodes
Rhodes was an important hub of activity in the ancient world long before the Crusaders. You can view what’s left of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: the Colossus of Rhodes at the port, and imagine the Greek deity Helios straddling the platforms and guarding the harbor. Wondering where the towering Helios is now? It’s thought he fell victim to earthquakes around 225bc. There are talks in the works of a possible rebuild of Helios, at five times the original height! I’m not sure how I feel about this prospect. Copies just don’t feel authentic to me, no matter how much research is completed or how true to the original concept the builders are. And, in this case, they’re looking at making a larger version, not a replica of the original. What do you think? Leave a comment with your thoughts!
Tour Rhodes’ Panoramic Views
Just when you thought you’d seen it all there’s the incredible panoramic views Rhodes has to offer. I took a taxi from the port for a tour around the island, and one of the most memorable stops was the incredible overlook above the beach line and town. You can see the diverse geography of the island from here, and watch the cars drive by down below looking like the matchbox toy cars of your youth. For the bigger picture (where everything’s smaller!), make sure you visit the high points!
Cute Cafes along Cobbled Lanes
You may not want to return to the reality of the present, but when you spot the cute cafes, and smell the appetizing aromas, you may not be able to resist! Adorable cafes along cobbled lanes serve delectable Greek treats, like succulent grilled meat on the spit, mouth-watering moussaka, and the licorice-flavored liquor “Ouzo.” The tastes and scents of Rhodes are every bit as good as the sights, so consider a leisurely stop for lunch!
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