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Medieval clock tower (Roloi), Rhodes

Even being the highest elevation of the Old Town of Rhodes, the clock tower (Roloi), is hardly noticeable at first glance.

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.

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