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    Collosus of Rhodes

    by miman Written Jul 31, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The Colossus of Rhodes was a giant statue of the god Helios, erected on the Greek island of Rhodes by Chares of Lindos between 292 BC and 280 BC. It was roughly the same size as the Statue of Liberty in New York, although it stood on a lower platform. It was one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Ancient accounts (which differ to some degree) describe the structure as being built around several stone columns (or towers of blocks) on the interior of the structure, standing on a 15-metre-high (50 feet) white marble pedestal near the Mandraki harbour entrance (others claim on a breakwater in the harbour). Iron beams were driven into the stone towers, and bronze plates attached to the bars formed the skinning. Much of the material was melted down from the various weapons Demetrius's army left behind, and the abandoned second siege tower was used for scaffolding around the lower levels. Upper portions were built with the use of a large earthen ramp. The statue itself was over 34 metres (110 feet) tall. After 12 years, in 280 BC, the great statue was completed. The statue stood for only 56 years until Rhodes was hit by an earthquake in 224 BC. The statue snapped at the knees and fell over onto the land. Ptolemy III offered to pay for the reconstruction of the statue, but an oracle made the Rhodians afraid that they offended Helios, and they declined to rebuild it. The remains lay on the ground for over 800 years, and even broken, they were so impressive that many travelled to see them. In 1989, a stone construction resembling a gigantic human fist was found in the sea of Rhodes. It was supposed that it was the first discovery of a part of the Colossus.

    Fondest memory: There has been much debate as to whether to rebuild the Colossus. Those for it say it would boost tourism in Rhodes greatly, but those against construction say it would cost too large an amount (over 100 million euro). This idea has been proposed many times since it was first proposed in 1970 but, due to lack of funding, work has not yet started. The plans for the Colossus have been in the works since 1998 by the Greek-Cypriot artist Nikolaos Kotziamanis.

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    Governor's Palace

    by miman Written Jul 31, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The former Governor's Palace, now used as the the Building of the Prefecture, It is one of the most considerable buildings construced on Rhodes during the Italian occupation of the island. It was built in 1927 by the Italian architect, Florestano di Fausto. It was used by the Ialians as the Governor's Palace and today it houses the Prefecture of the Dodecanese.

    Fondest memory: It is a combination of many different architectural styles and its arrangement strongly resembles the Palace of the Duces in Venice.

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    Helpful hints

    by miman Written Jul 31, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Water
    The tap water is natural spring water. That means you can drink it without stomach trouble.

    Banks
    Banks are normally open Mon. - Fr. 08.00 - 14.00 but closed on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. You'll find banks in all towns and main resorts and all of them change money, travelers cheques and euro cheques supported by an euro cheque card. Some banks also give cash on major credit cards. There are also plenty exchange offices around the island (in rent a car, hotels, travel agencies). When changing travelers cheques don't forget to take your passport along. Most major credit cards are accepted in many shops, taverns and banks, but it is advisable to check first. The money on Rhodes is the Euro.

    Chemists
    are recognizable by a red or a green cross which is displayed outside. The opening hours are the same as the shops around.

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    Seeing all the sights in Rodos!

    by balhannah Written Jul 23, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Other people have heaps on tips and photos on Rodos, so I am not going to add more.
    I will say, that I think the best way to make sure that YOU DO NOT MISS THE MAIN SIGHTS, is to buy a map from the tourist information centre or from one of the Shops. The one I bought had all the main sites numbered, so I didn't miss any. Then, I just explored the laneways and found some delightful places for photo opportunities. This city is one that is best explored on foot.
    The map cost me 1 euro.

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    The town walls.

    by Maurizioago Updated Aug 3, 2010

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    Favorite thing: These were built probably on Byzantine fortifications in many stages; from 1400 to 1500. The walls are around 4 km long. They have several towers and eleven gates. Each order of knights (Langues) was responsible for the defense of a section of the walls.

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    Ipoton Street.

    by Maurizioago Updated Jul 19, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Ipoton Street, or the Street of the Knights is about 600 meters long. Here, on the right and on the left side you can see the inns belonged to the Knights. These were used as gathering places and temporary residences for visiting dignitaries.

    Today the inns are used as government offices.

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    Kallithea spa.

    by Maurizioago Updated May 30, 2013

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    Favorite thing: This old thermal estabilishment was built and designed by the Italians between 1929 and 1930. It has been restored recently. Today it is not in operation any more like spa, but here you can enjoy a beautiful small beach, a garden with lots of flowers and two pavilions of the former spa.

    Among the facilities at Kallithea there is a cafe-restaurant, a gift shop and some toilettes.

    Kallithea spa is on the road to Faliraki and only some eight km far from Rhodes town.

    I went to Kallithea spa from Lindos by bus. The journey took around one hour.

    The beach.
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    Anthony Quinn's Bay.

    by Maurizioago Updated Aug 3, 2010

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    Favorite thing: Ladiko Bay, or Anthony Quinn's Bay lies on the northeastern coast and only 15 km away from the town of Rhodes. Ladiko became famous after Anthony Quinn’s movie the Guns of Navarone was filmed here. Anthony Quinn bought part of this area.

    The beach here is small, but it wasn't crowded at the end of june.

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    Rhodes - Palace of Grandmaster

    by miman Written Jul 24, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The citadel of Rhodes, built by the Hospitalliers, is one of the best preserved medieval towns in the Mediterranean.
    The Knights Hospitaller is a tradition which began as a Benedictine hospitaller religious order founded in Jerusalem, following the First Crusade around 1100, and soon became a Christian military order under its own charter, and was charged with the care and defense of pilgrims to the Holy Land. Following the loss of Christian territory in the Holy Land, the Order operated from Rhodes, over which it was sovereign, and later from Malta as a vassal state under the King of Sicily.
    The palace was first built by the Knights of St John of Jerusalem on the site of 7th c. Byzantine fortress. After its dereliction during the Turkish occupation , it was largely destroyed by the explosion of the powder magazine in 1856. The restoration of the palace with many alterations was carried out between 1937 and 1940 under the supervision of the Italian architects.

    Fondest memory: The Archaeological Museum of Rhodes is housed in the medieval building of the Hospital of the Knights. The Museum contains the following collections: tomb groups from ancient Ialysos of the Geometric and Classical periods: vases, figurines, jewellery, metal objects. Tomb groups from ancient Kamiros of the Geometric and Classical periods: vases and small objects, a collection of Classical, Hellenistic and Roman sculpture, mosaic floors of the Hellenistic period from Rhodes town and of the Early Christian period from Karpathos and funerary slabs from the period of the Knights with relief representations of the dead persons or of their coats of arms.

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    The Byzantine tower clock (Roloj).

    by Maurizioago Updated Aug 3, 2010

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    Favorite thing: This nice tower was built on the ruins of a Byzantine tower that was connected with the Palace of the Grand Master. In 1856 it was destroyed by the explosion of the nearby church of S. John of the Knights.

    For the price of 5 euros you can go up to the top and enjoy the landscape over the town. A complimentary drink is included in the fee.

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    The Mandraki harbour.

    by Maurizioago Updated May 30, 2013

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    Favorite thing: This was the port of ancient Rhodos. Its entrance could be closed with chains. Time ago at its entrance there were a deer and a hind. Today you can see only the deer. What happened to the hind I really don't know.

    The Mandraki is where you can see lots of fishing and day trips boats. In fact you can book a cruise to Symi Island or to Marmaris (Turkey) here.

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    The "Sound and Light" garden.

    by Maurizioago Updated Aug 3, 2010

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    Favorite thing: This nice garden is located near the Nea Agora (the new market). It's a place where you can spend some time resting a bit after a long walk.

    This is the place where the Sound and Light show takes place in the evening. This show is about the history of the island, without actors, but with lights, music and sounds. I didn't attend to this show, but I'd like to do it next time I visit Rhodes.

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    Ippokratus Square.

    by Maurizioago Updated Aug 3, 2010

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    Favorite thing: Here you can find various shops and restaurants. The building with a staircase you can see in this square is the Kastelania. It was built in 1597 and was used as a shopping mall. Today it houses the town library.

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    PEOPLE WATCHING

    by LysDor Written Apr 16, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Just sitting at a sunny terrace was a good place to observe locals (and too many tourists...LOL) and have a greek meal or just a glass of wine.

    Here is Mari in the front with her greek boyfriend, then Riitta and me of course!

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    Deep Blue Sky - Dry-As-Dust Desert

    by RoyJava Updated Sep 26, 2004

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    Favorite thing: 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 ...

    Fondest memory: 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

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