Theofiliskous & Haritos n. 2, Rhodes Town, 85100, Greece
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Nostalgic streets of Old Rhodes Town
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Monte Smith is about half an hours walk from Rhodes town. Here, high up on a hilltop you will find massive segments of Doric capitals and columns which are the only reminder of the forgotten Temple of Zeus Polieus and Athena Polias, once the City's most important shrine. The Temple columns where brought tumbling down by an earthquake in 225bc - it is said it was this same earthquake which brought down the mighty Colossus. A few columns of a Temple of Pythian Apollo have been erected in an olice grove on the east side of the hill. Below this you will find a 3rd Century ampitheatre and stadium - both of which have been extensively restored but with very few of the original seats.
From the top of Monte Smith you get some breathtaking views right down to the coastline.
If you don't fancy walking (uphill some of the way). You can take the No. 5 bus or Land train from outside the Market or take the Land Train.
The flag of Greece in the Mandraki Harbour
The flag is placed on the top of a white pillar in the Mandraki Harbour.
The flag is visible from the whole city and from the sea surface.
The pillar has a white marble sculpture on its pedestal.
Old Town Greek Taverna
Traditional small but popular taverna in the old town.
A lot of fish on the menu but otherwise limited to types of kebabs or casseroles. Notice the litttle messages stuck around the menu outside the taverna from previously satisfied customers. Some of the tastiest stuffed vine leaves were from here. Chicken Kebab whilst not extra special was tasty and good quality from authentic greek kitchen - freshly prepared so had to wait a little, but who's rushing? Price for our meals with drinks was about 20-25 euros too so very reasonable.
Mandraki Harbour is what is regarded as being the original harbour of Rhodes, and the one over which the mighty Colossus used to stand (fact or legend?).
These days it's the main harbour that day trips and pleasure boats leave from, as well as being a yacht marina too. It's lovely to walk all around the harbour, which is bustling all day day long.
Relics of its antiquity remain, such as the remnants of the old city walls shown in the picture here.
Grand Master's Palace
The Grand Master's Palace was more than just a palace. It was kind of the Keep of the whole defensive system of Rhodes Town. A place to fall back to as a last line of defence. I don't think it was ever used in this capacity though.
The building is huge and dominates the views of Rhodes Town (see some of my other pics). You can visit inside the palace (at a cost) and also the walk of the city walls starts here (see later).
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