Its position played a decisive role in the history of Rhodes, a meeting point between the east and west routes, between the Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea.
A place that housed one of the seven wonders of antiquity, the Colossus of Rhodes, a meeting place between different civilizations and times that have left many traces of their passage through the island.
From the Minoan civilization, to classical Greece, to Hellenism, to Rome, to the Crusaders, to Byzantium, to the Franks and the Ottomans, all have left indelible memories of their passage. Its beginnings are mixed with mythology and the arrival of the Minoan civilization.
Over the centuries, it was the Dorics that left us the Acropolis of Ialysos, the archaeological site of Kamiros and the first remains of Lindos, which were important centers of culture and art of his time.
A fierce ally of the ancient polis of Athens, its splendor is reborn in the Hellenistic era after Alexander the Great.
Later, with the entry of Rome into Greece, it became a Roman province, in the Middle Ages it belongs to Byzantium.
Its geographical position plays an important role at the time of the Crusades, in particular with the arrival of the Knights of the Order of San Juan after their expulsion from the Holy Land, at that time, Rhodes was under the Genoese flag.
With the Order of St. John, the medieval city of Rhodes grows in beauty and grandeur.
An impregnable island despite the numerous attempts of conquest and invasions that it underwent for two centuries, until Suleiman the Magnificent conquered it definitively in 1522, it will belong to the Ottoman Empire until 1912, the date of entry of the Italians.
Eventually, in 1948 it became one of the most famous and beautiful islands in Greece.
Our recommended yacht cruises in Rhodes
Rhodes is the largest and most famous of the Dodecanese in Greece and is also the historical capital of the group of islands (it has an extension of 100 km by 60 km). The old town (paliá póli) is a World Heritage site and is among the largest inhabited and best preserved medieval centers in Europe.
Rhodes is a wonder set in the magnificent sea of Greece, with a thousand shades of blue, with splendid golden beaches and a pluri-millennial culture, the island of Rhodes seen from above stands out for the green of its hills and valleys, the ocher color of the archaeological sites and the vast expanse of water that surrounds it.
Its history and sites of cultural interest are known, but perhaps not everyone knows that along the coast there are equally fascinating small seaside resorts, both for the archaeological finds and sites, and for the wonderful and pristine golden beaches.
With this enviable historical heritage and incredible natural landscapes, it is an island that will not disappoint you.
The medieval city of Rhodes is undoubtedly one of the most important tourist attractions on the island. Inside, via dei Cavalieri will take us to the Palazzo del Gran Maestro and to the hospital of the Cavalieri (current Archaeological Museum of Rhodes).
Beautiful the port of Mandraki and the imposing ruins of the Burgo Cathedral, very interesting the small chapels and churches such as Agios Fanourios, Agios Panteleimon, Agia Ekaterini or mosques such as Soliman and Ibrahim.
Don't forget to visit the Jewish Quarter until you reach its small Kahal Shalom synagogue.
The numerous archaeological sites, sites and ruins that we find on the island of Rhodes are a reminder of the history of Rhodes which indicates the importance and the relevant role that this island has played over time.
Weather in Rhodes
Light rain on Sunday.
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