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The Venetian castle of Monolithos

Built on the foundations of another, older castle, the castle of Monolithos lies about 236m high on an amazingly difficult natural terrain which made its construction even more challenging. Under the orders of Grand Master D'Aubusson, and after having overcome the difficulties of transporting the building materials needed for its erection on the rocky outcrop, the castle was finally built, constituting one of the most important fortifications of Rhodes.

Built on the foundations of another, older castle, the castle of Monolithos lies about 236m high on an amazingly difficult natural terrain which made its construction even more challenging. Under the orders of Grand Master D’Aubusson, and after having overcome the difficulties of transporting the building materials needed for its erection on the rocky outcrop, the castle was finally built, constituting one of the most important fortifications of Rhodes, due to its strategic location that allowed a clear view of the Mediterranean. Its extremely challenging route and position, also made it very difficult for the enemies, including Ottomans, to manage to seize the castle, forcing them to retrieve empty-handed.

The Venetian castle of Monolithos © Rhodes Guide / Spyros Spyropoulos

Today only some external parts of the fortifications remain, but they are in a quite well reserved condition. But what worths embarking on an arduous attempt to climp the steep hill, are the magnificent whitewashed churches, the two 15th century chapels of St. Panteleimon and St. George and the breathtaking view of the mountain of Akramytis, the village of Monolithos right below it, the island Halki and of course the vast Aegean Sea.

Castle Location:
The castle is a 3km drive from the village. As soon as you reach the rocky outcrop, then you need to continue your adventure on foot, following the steep footpath leading to the castle. from the city of Rhodes is 69.5km away.

The Venetian castle of Monolithos © Rhodes Guide / Spyros Spyropoulos



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I was just there is September...really amazing views and well worth the stop. This article say\'s Venetian Castle and continues on to say it was built by Grand Master D\'Aubusson of the Knights of St. John...so it would not be a Venetian Castle.

Commented by Bill Williams November 01, 2015

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