If you turn right at the end of Socrates Street into the tourist Orfeos Street, after a few meters you will find a clock tower dated from 1852. The clock still works today. Once it was supposed to tell the Greeks the Turkish time. The Turks issued strict rules for public life. They had determined exactly when and who was allowed to enter and leave the strategically important city.
Today you can climb the tower for an entrance fee. A steep wooden staircase leads to the top. Historical photos document the extensive restoration work. However, the enjoyment of the view is somehow limited. The four small windows at knee height do not allow a great panorama view of the the old town.
You can enjoy a coffee or drink at the open air cafeteria operating at the entrance of the tower, which is included in the entrance price.
When you approach the walls of Medieval Old Town of Rhodes you are about to enter the oldest inhabited medieval city in Europe. It's a thrill to behold. Best to know one thing from the start about the Old Town of Rhodes: It's not laid out on a grid - not even close.
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Mt. Filerimos (Philerimos, Φιλέρημος in Greek), is situated about 15km from Rhodes Town, on a hill 267m. high, also located near the village of Trianta, and stands on the same site as the Doric city of Ialysos in ancient times.
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The first traces of life on the island of Rhodes are lost in the fog of myth. The first inhabitants are said to have been the native Heliades, children of the protective god Helios and Clymene the Oceanid, and the Telchines, a strange kind of people who supposedly resembled demons. These were, according to tradition, skilled sailors and skilled craftsmen who taught the ancient Rhodians how to forge and process stone.
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