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Rhodes Old Town

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Best to know one thing from the start about Old (Medieval) Town of Rhodes (Rhodos): It's not laid out on a grid -- not even close. There are roughly 200 streets or lanes that simply have no name. Getting lost here is not a defeat; it's an opportunity. Whenever you feel the need to find your bearings, you can ask for Sokratous, which is the closest the Old Town of Rhodes comes to having a main street.

When you approach the walls of the Old Town of Rhodes, you are about to enter the oldest inhabited medieval town in Europe. It's a thrill to behold. Although there are many gates, we suggest that you first enter through Eleftheria (Liberty) Gate, where you'll come to Plateia Simi (Simi square), containing ruins of the Temple of Venus, identified by the votive offerings found here, which may date from the 3rd century B.C. The remains of the temple are next to a parking lot (driving is restricted in the Old Town), which rather diminishes the impact of the few stones and columns still standing. Nevertheless, the ruins are a reminder that a great Hellenistic city once stood here and encompassed the entire area now occupied by the city, including the old and new towns. The population of the Hellenistic city of Rhodes is thought to have equaled the current population of the whole island (roughly 100,000).

Simi square is also home to the Municipal Art Gallery of Rhodes, above the Museum Reproduction Shop (hours vary but are generally Monday through Saturday from 8am to 2pm; whose impressive collection is comprised mostly of works by eminent modern Greek artists. The gallery now has a second beautifully restored venue in the Old Town of Rhodes (across from the Mosque of Suleiman) to house its collection of antique and rare maps and engravings (open Mon-Fri 8am-2pm); and, within the next several years, it will expand into a new and third site located in the New Town. One block farther on is the Museum of Decorative Arts, which contains finely made objects and crafts from Rhodes and other islands, most notably Simi (open Tues-Sun 8:30am-3pm;). Continue through the gate until you reach Ippoton, also known as the Street of the Knights. Note: If you are ready for serious sightseeing, there is a ticket for 10¤ that gains admission to the Museum of Decorative Arts, the Archaeological Museum, the Church of our Lady of the Castle, and the Palace of the Knights.

The Street of the Knights (Ippoton on maps) is one of the best preserved and most delightful medieval relics in the world. The 600m (1,968 ft.) - long, cobble - paved street was constructed over an ancient pathway that led in a straight line from the Acropolis of Rhodes to the port. In the early 16th century, it became the address for most of the inns of each nation, which housed Knights who belonged to the Order of St. John. The inns were used as eating clubs and temporary residences for visiting dignitaries, and their facades reflect the various architectural details of their respective countries.

After touring the sites of the Old Town of Rhodes, you might want to walk around the walls. (The museum operates a 1-hr. tour on Tues and Sat at 3pm, beginning at the Palace of the Knights.) The fortification has a series of magnificent gates and towers, and is remarkable as an example of a fully intact medieval structure. Much of the structure can be viewed from just walking around the outside.

Source: Frommer's Greece, 4th Edition

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Old Town Of Rhodes, The Grand Master's Palace
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Old town (Medieval City), Socratus Str.
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Shopping in the old town (Medieval City)
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Shopping in the narrow alleys of the old town (Medieval City)
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Walls of the castle and entrance to the moat
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Shopping in the narrow alleys of the old town (Medieval City)
Click to enlarge - Shopping in the narrow alleys of the old town (Medieval City)
One of the many towers of the castle
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Medieval Town, in the moat
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Medieval Town
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Looking toward the Grand Masters Palace from the city moat, Rhodes, Greece
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Medieval City of Rhodes: Gate of St. Cathrine
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Medieval City of Rhodes, Greece: Entrance gate to the Grand Master's Palace
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Medieval City of Rhodes, Greece
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Rhodes Greece, Old Town (Medieval City)
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Rhodes Greece, Old Town (Medieval City)
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Rhodes Greece, Old Town (Medieval City)
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Rhodes Greece, Old Town (Medieval City)
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Rhodes, Old Town (Medieval City)
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Rhodes Greece, Old Town. The Castle.
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Rhodes, Old Town.
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Rhodes Olt Town (Medieval City)
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Rhodes, Old Town
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Rhodes, Old Town
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Rhodes, Old Town
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Old Town of Rhodes, The Grand Master's Palace
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Old Town of Rhodes, The Grand Master's Palace
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Old Town of Rhodes, The Grand Master's Palace
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Old Town of Rhodes
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An alley cat in the Old Town of Rhodes
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An old wooden door in the Old town of Rhodes
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One of the many turkish mosques in the Old Town of Rhodes
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'Roloi', Rhodes Old Town
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Grand Master's Palace, Rhodes Old Town
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Old town of Rhodes
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Rhodes, Grand Master's Palace
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Rhodes Old Town
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Rhodes Old Town
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Rhodes Old Town
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Rhodes Old Town
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Rhodes Old Town
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Rhodes Old (Medieval) Town
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Rhodes Harbour
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Rhodes Old Town
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Rhodes Old Town (Medieval City)
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Windmills, Rhodes Harbour
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Rhodes Old Town (Medieval City)
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Minaret overlooking Rhodes Old Town (Medieval City)
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Rhodes Old Town (Medieval City)
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What our members and visitors say
Amazig place
posted on July 30, 2011 by Kim Oakley
Went there 9 times in a 3 week holiday, going back again in october, amazig place by night and just as good by day, so much to see and do, greqat restuarants, shops and getting lost is fun too.
Rhodes town
posted on July 16, 2011 by Liz
Rhodes town is one of the most gorgeous little places on earth but please visit out of season. It is horrendously hot and rammed with tourists during the summer.
Stunning
posted on April 3, 2011 by Rich
simply the most beautiful place ive been to. Spent hours wandering the streets, hidden gems everywhere!
Magical Experience
posted on February 16, 2010 by Liz Adams
Our daughter married in Kolymbia in 2008 and we visited Rhodes Town (although the heat was horrendous in June!) and vowed to return in a cooler month which we did last May. It was perfect. Sunny and warm during the day with a litle breeze at night - perfect! Although May was quiet in the Old Town in the evening it was amazing to see the Street of the Knights at 9pm with no turists and only the dim street lights to show the way - it was like stepping back into the 15th Century. The people are so friendly - walking through the old town it was 'Welcome to Rhodes' 'Enjoy your holiday' from everyone with no pressure to buy and always a cheery welcome. These people know how to win the hearts of their visitors. We took a day trip by boat to Lindos - very hot on the sea and take care on the slippery paths in Lindos and beware of the donkeys who stroll back and forth from the acropolis at the edge of the cliffs! There is so much to do in Rhodes Town both in the old and the new with a new walk every day and evening. You'll love it! We are going again in May 2010 and can't wait. Enjoy!
Absolutily love the island!
posted on August 18, 2009 by Chris stace
I have visited Rhodes for over 25yrs and absolutily love the island. I have always found the people very friendly in fact have made many friends there, been invited to weddings barbeques ect. After 25yrs of visiting I still find new places to visit love roaming around the back streets of the old town. we always feel very safe no matter where we roam. over the years we have encouraged many people to visit the island and they are now regular visitors. There are so many great bars resturants that you can eat in a different place every night for weeks. We always like to stay near the old town so we can enjoy a stroll around shops at night enjoy the throng of people then sit with a drink people watching. In the day we either jump on a bus or a boat go down to Faliraki for the fantastic beachs, or find a secluded bay, I could go on about rhodes for ever.
Rhodes town
posted on September 4, 2006 by maya
This was nice, you have the old city and the new. What a contrast. It was nice walking through it, nobody bothered you, tryin to sell their goods. You can just wonder about and enjoy their way of life - wonderful.
One of the best kept secrets of the Greek Isles!
posted on July 29, 2005 by Johanna Edralin
I recently returned from a Greek island/Turkey vacation and Rhodes, Greece was without a doubt one of my favorite places. We drove around the island and saw some incredibly breathtaking views of cliffs dipping down into the blue Aegean Sea. Touring the Palace of the Grand Masters was equally picturesque, including many of the mosaics imported from Italy, specifically Medusa. Shopping was exquisite and it very pleasant to stroll through the Old Town. Can't wait to return!
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