Deep Blue Sky - Dry-As-Dust Desert
The area near Agathi got us undeceived. Awakening too early, long drive, beautiful beach,... and the wrong direction ! James Dean and Arnold Schwarzenegger would have loved this desert area ... Yet,... the beautiful intensly blue-skied semi-desert did coloured the models in an exciting way, we could work one after the other. And we had so much fun, even me drying up in the sun rays when covering up the models. The photographer had to change film rolls, somebody had to p ...
Done this work at Rhodos and back in town I got so tanned I looked like an Indian ... and I loved it
thanks Agathi - thanks Rhodos
The Square of the Jewish Martyrs
The Square of the Jewish Martyrs (Platia Martrion – Evréon) is a place in the old Jewish quarter of Rhodes.
The Jewish people had been come in the town since 16th century.
During the Turkish occupation the Jewish population became 6000 people.
At the beginning of the World War II, around 4000 Jewish persons leaved the island.
In the middle of this square, in 1943, the Nazis gathered around 2000 Jewish people and took them away to concentration camps in Athena and then in other concentration camps .
In the middle of the square there is a fountain, decorated with three hippocamps (sea horses) and with shells and other seafood.
This fountain was built in honour and as remember to the tragically event.
A Jewish Memorial Monument made from black marble stands also in the square, as remember to this unfortunately episode.
Dunno why it should be that on an island with as little rainfall and as much sunshine as Rhodes has, that there should be so many shops selling nothing but umbrellas. Here we have rain all day for most of the years (or so it seems) and we don't get shops that sell ONLY umbrellas, let alone a whole street full of such shops.
Gallias Street, just behind the New Market is the place to go for brollies in Rhodes. They sell all sorts of them to suit all budgets. They even have shops selling "designer" brollies by Armarni, Boss etc. They have some really neat ones that we didn't see in this country (no, I'm not an officianado of umbrellas, I hate them, but all the women I know get through dozens of them!!). Susan bough loads of really small ones, that fold down small enough to go into a little handbag. The smallest brollies we've seen. From 4 Euro upwards.
The Palace of the Grand Master
This is an imposing building in the middle of the old town of Rodos.
The castle is placed on a surface of 80 metres lightness auf 75 metres heaviness.
The construction is situated on a lower Acropolis in the inside of the ancient walls.
One can not know the exactly time point for the build of the castle, but it is certain, that the Temple of Helios lies below the foundations of the palace.
The knights took up the fortress in the 14th century and rebuilt it, beginning 1320.
The new construction of the imposing castle was the residence of the Grand Master, the administrative centre, but also an important fortification of the old town.
The palace was destructed as the Ottomans occupied the town, in 1522, and by the earthquake in 1480-1481.
During the Ottomans occupation, the palace was transformed into a prison.
A big explosion, in the cellar of the Cathedral of St John, in the year 1856, destructed not only the cathedral, but also a large part of the palace.
It was rebuilt into the time period 1937-1940, under the Italians, and after the plans of the architect Vittorio Mesturino.
Today, the palace is a very important architectural piece, a very important edifice of Rodos.
The imposing entrance in the castle, the gate with two semicircular towers, the inside courtyard with its Roman statues, the large halls, the marble stairways, the early Christian mosaic from Kos, and other extraordinary art works, are to be visited in the Palace of the Grand Master.
Wonderful gardens with plane trees and colourfully flowers surrounded the walks of the castle and give a special charmingly to it.
Into the large garden in front of the palace, in the summer time, there are the Sound and Light spectacles, a great attraction for many visitors.
St. Nicholas Fort & Lighthouse
This building has been at one time or other a lighthouse or a fort or more usually both. It was a key part of the defences of Rhodes, protecting as it did the entrance to the harbour. It withstood many attemped seiges by the Turks before eventually falling to Suliman.
The fort is now a museum (to itself!) and entrance is free. There's a good A/V presentation telling the history of the fort and its role in the defence of Rhodes.