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Rhodes Town
The island of Rhodes is situated at the crossroads of three continents: Europe, Asia and Africa. Rhodes Town was established in 450 BC and was the product of the unification of the three major cities of the island: Lindos, Ialysos and Kamiros. The ancient myths of the island’s creation, the island’s complex history, the many ancient archaeological finds and its astonishing natural beauty make Rhodes an island that will satisfy the agendas of all types of travellers.

Ancient Myths of the Island’s Creation:

There are many myths as to how the island of Rhodes was created. A popular myth describes how Zeus divided the earth amongst the Gods of Mount Olympus when he defeated the Giants and became master of the earth. The Sun God, Helios, was absent during the division and was therefore forgotten. When Helios returned, Zeus decided to offer him the first land that emerged from the sea. As he spoke, a beautiful green and blue island emerged from the sea. Helios was impressed by this breathtakingly beautiful island and sent it light and heat; he has henceforth been credited with being the protecting God of the island of Rhodes

Another myth describes how the island of Rhodes was created from the love of Helios, God of the Sun, to Rhodes, the nymph daughter of Poseidon, God of the Sea. The myth tells of how when Helios saw Rhodes, he was so astonished by her beauty that he made her his wife and had seven sons and one daughter with her. One of their sons, Kerkaphos, had three children: Kamiros, Ialysos and Lindos. Each of these children built a city on the island of Rhodes and named it after themselves.

There are many other myths that describe how the island was created and named. These legends allow us to personally interpret how such a beautiful and fascinating island came to be one of the most attractive tourist destinations worldwide.

A Brief History of Rhodes:

Historically, Rhodes was settled by colonists from Minoan Crete. The Minoans lived peacefully on the island until the new settlers, the Greek Achaians from Mycenae, Tiryns, Argos and Attica, arrived. The Achaians were followed some centuries later by the Dorians, who overran Rhodes and several other Aegean islands. In Rhodes, they developed Lindos, Ialysos and Kamiros, the three powerful and wealthy cities of the island.

Rhodes was then considered a significant cultural centre with extremely well developed commercial and colonial activities. The Rhodians’ fast ships sailed to most parts of the Mediterranean, bringing wealth and glory to the island.

In 1309, the Byzantine era came to an end and the island of Rhodes was occupied by the Order of the Knights of St. John. During this domination, Rhodes became a very important commercial, economic, military and cultural centre of the Eastern Mediterranean. In 1522, the island became a possession of the Ottoman Empire until 1912 when it was seized by the Italians. Rhodes was liberated in 1948 and, along with the other islands of the Dodecanese, united with Greece.

Throughout history, Rhodes has been occupied and attacked time and time again. Every group has contributed to the island’s diversity by leaving behind a distinctive part of their culture and traditions. This interesting blend makes Rhodes a unique and enjoyable island to visit.

MEDIEVAL OLD TOWN OF RHODES

Rhodes is renowned for having one of the most well-preserved examples of medieval architecture in the world. The astonishing medieval Old Town of Rhodes was built by the Knights of St. John during the 13th century.

The Old Town was divided into two parts: the northern part, which was the internal fortress of the Knights where the Palace was housed, and the larger southern part, where the Greeks and Europeans lived. The Street of the Knights is one of the most amazing medieval relics in existence. The Street of the Knights stretches more than 600 metres and was the path that led straight from the entrance of the port to the entrance of the Grand Masters Palace.

In 1988, UNESCO declared Rhodes Old Town a World Heritage Site. Today, the Old Town, which has a population of approximately 6000 inhabitants, houses a plethora of museums, tourist shops, restaurants, cafes and bars. It is impossible not to enjoy getting lost in the labyrinth of streets and lanes that compose the Old Town. While exploring the cobbled roads, you can smell, taste and feel history all around you. The Old Town of Rhodes is a site not to be missed during a visit to this fabled island.

MANDRAKI HARBOUR

In the past, the site of today’s Mandraki Harbour served as the main port of ancient Rhodes. Along the breakwater front of the harbour, three medieval windmills, which historically ground the grain unloaded from merchant vessels, still stand today.

Presently, Mandraki Harbour houses a plethora of millionaires’ yachts, old Greek fishing boats, tour boats and small ferry boats. Mandraki Harbour is the departure point for many island tours and day trips to nearby islands, such as Symi and Chalki, or to neighbouring Turkey. Across from Mandraki Harbour is the New Market (Nea Agora), which houses an area of open-air shopping. In this market you can find fresh fruit, coffee, traditional sweets, Greek souvenirs, unique jewellery and an abundance of snack bars and cafes. The unique combination of modern amenities and historic significance of the architecture makes this area a site not to be missed.

HE ANCIENT STADIUM AND ACROPOLIS OF RHODES

The Ancient Stadium and Acropolis of Rhodes are found 3 kilometres from the centre of Rhodes Town. In ancient times, the Acropolis of Rhodes dominated the western and highest part of the city. It was not fortified like most acropolises but consisted of a monumental zone with sanctuaries, large temples, public buildings and underground cult areas.

The buildings on the site of the acropolis date as far back as the 2nd and 3rd centuries BC during the Hellenistic and Late Hellenistic periods. From 1912 to 1945, the Italians carried out many excavations that uncovered many great archaeological finds. From 1946 onwards, the Greek Archaeological Service continued these excavations and made many discoveries that added to our knowledge of the history and topography of the island. There are still many unexcavated areas of the acropolis that are waiting to be explored.

Visitors can enjoy a leisurely walk around the ancient stadium of Rhodes and imagine ancient Greek dramas taking place in the neighbouring marble amphitheatre. After climbing to the top of the amphitheatre, visitors will be struck with the awe-inspiring view of the columns comprising the remains of the Acropolis of Rhodes. From the top of the acropolis, the breathtaking view down to the clear blue sea will leave you with an unforgettable memory of this majestic island.

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