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    Byzantine Fortification wall

    by mickeyboy07 Written Sep 30, 2014

    During the early Christian period Rhodes belong to the Byzantine Empire.Rhodes was an important trading port and a crossroads forships sailing between 'Constantinople and Alexandria'.It was also an important Byzantine military base.
    The Byzantine fortification walls divded Rhodes into two sections:the Acropolis(later the Grand Masters Palace)and the upper town which is the surrounding area of the Acropolis(later the Collachio).The lower town(later the Burgum).Today parts of this fortification survive mostly in the Collachio,incorperated into later structures.Rhodes city had a great number of churches amoung them some basilicas of impressive dimensions.

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    Harbour Cruise

    by mickeyboy07 Written Sep 29, 2014

    Lots of different cruises are available in Mandraki Harbour at various prices for different tours,we took the harbour cruise along the old town which lasts about half an hour on a small glass bottom boat.The tour takes you from Mandraki harbour past the old lighthouse and into the commercial harbour area with stunning views of the old town walls and cruise ships.The price is only 5 euros per person so well worth it as you can get some good photos from the boat.

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    Mandraki Harbour

    by mickeyboy07 Written Sep 29, 2014

    The first major commercial port on the island of Rhodes,Mandraki Harbour has been in continual use since 480 BC.
    Now mainly used as a boating marina for pleasure craft and excursion boats,where they can dock,protected by long breakwaters.Adorning the harbour are three disused windmills,built by the Knights of Saint John.Flanking the harbour entrance are two stone columns topped by figures of a Stag and Hind,the towns heraldic animals.It is believed that the 'Colossus of Rhodes'once stood here,a Rhodian symbol of wealth and strengh.The harbour is very active and popular with both tourists and locals who take trips around the harbour areas of both the new and old town.

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    Medieval Moat

    by mickeyboy07 Written Sep 27, 2014

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    The Old Town of Rhodes is surrounded by enormous medieval walls and a very large moat.The moat makes a fascinating walk its about 1.5 miles from Mandraki Harbour around the moat to Karetou Gate.From the moat it is easy to get up to the city walls.The moat makes for a more relaxed atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of the Old Town streets and crowds and its here were you can find the odd unusual mime or two.

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    Harbour

    by mickeyboy07 Written Oct 26, 2011

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    Rhodes Town has two harbours,'Mandraki'were the Deer statues stand at the entrance and the larger harbour were all the cruise ships anchor.This second harbour is were we made port and made our way up the sea front to the gates for the Old Town.Its at this harbour were the 3 windmills stand and a lovely Dolphin statue sits across the road from the city walls.further up the road on the harbour front are plenty of fishing boats of various sizes and coloures,some have little market stalls in front of them selling various gifts such as sea shell jewellery and sea sponges.If you carry on round the harbour you will eventually reach a gate to the harbour walls and after that reach'Mandraki'.

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    Holocaust Memorial

    by mickeyboy07 Written Oct 23, 2011

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    This memorial was dedicated on june 23rd 2002 in memory of the world war 2 victims from Rhodes and the island of Kos.The dedication of the black granite column was a culmination of several years of planning by the Greek Goverment in collaboration with the Jewish Community of Rhodes.The monument is six sided each having a different language:Greek,Hebrew,English,French,Italian and Judeo-Spanish(Ladino).The memorial is inscribed with the words:'in eternal memory of the 1604 Jewish Martyrs of Rhodes and Kos who were murdered in Nazi death camps July 23rd 1944.
    The monument sits in the square at the end of La Calle Ancha,in the eastern section of the Old Town.

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    Windmills

    by mickeyboy07 Written Oct 23, 2011

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    At the harbour in Rhodes stand Three Windmills right in front of the commercial harbour were most of the cruise ships anchor.The windmills once ground the grain brought by merchant vessels that camr to the harbour.Today they stand as a reminder to a great past.

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    Palace of the Grand Masters

    by mickeyboy07 Written Oct 23, 2011

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    The Palace of the Grand Masters is ideally located at the end of The Street of Knights.It is conspicuous by its spherical towers as well as a gate with a sharp arch.The Palace is a Citadel which was built by the Knights of Saint John in the 14th century.The Palace boasts of numerous grandiose rooms with antique furniture,exqisite polychrome marbles,sculptures,carpets and fine Oriental vases.
    Amoung the most important rooms are the Grand reception hall,the waiting room,the Medusa mosiac,the exclusive room of the icons,the impressive Ballroom and the elegant music room to name but a few.In total there are a staggering 158 rooms but only 24 of them are open to visitors.The Palace of the Grand Masters was extensively restored in the period between 1937-40 under the stewardship of renowned Italien architect'Vittario Mesturino'.Of special significance are the Frescos by renowned artists of the stature P.Gaudenzi and F.Vellan.

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    City Walls

    by mickeyboy07 Written Oct 23, 2011

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    Rhodes Old Town is a UNESCO world heritage site,and the oldest continuously inhabited medival town in Europe.A massive wall that was built by the Knights of Saint John encloses the Old Town and you can gain entrance by way of several gates.One you enter the walled city through'Liberty Gate'you will find yourself in 'Simis Square'surrounded by history,the fenced ruins of the Ancient Temple of Aphrodite provide the first historical anchor.The Hellenistic ruins of the Temple testify to a glorious Greek past,one that was transformed and built upon by a multitude of invaders who coverted Rhodes for its stategic position and resources.

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    Church of the Virgin of the Burgh

    by mickeyboy07 Written Oct 19, 2011

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    This Church was built in the 14th century in the Gothic Style.Unfortunately it was partially destroyed during bombing in World War 2,only 3 Apses in the sanctuary have survived intact.However,the church is still impressive,and many artists gather here to sit and paint the picturesque structure.

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    The Ancient City Walls of Rodos City

    by Fam.Rauca Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Old City Wall is an impressive construction, a wall with a length of 4 km and with 11 gates, which make possible the entrance into the ancient town.
    It is a masterwork of medieval architecture that makes the connection between the old and the new parts of the town.
    The wall is a fortification that was built for the resistance opposed the attacks to the security of the old city.
    It is an unforgettable experience, to make a round walk on the top of the wall.

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    More than a Flutter!

    by sandysmith Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Back in the new town - just near our Hotel is the Rhodes Casino. A large complex with its gardens, restaurant and pool so I guess more than the casino is availbale here. Website it certainly is - its a huge hotel and boutique complex too! Wow waht a great place this must be to stay - right on the beach front too.

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    D'Amboise Gate

    by Myfanwe Updated Oct 31, 2010

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    This magnificent gate was built in 1512. It is situated on the North Western side of the Medieval town. A triple ached bridge spans the multiple ditch outside where you can see the moat below - if you're lucky you may spot one or two of the deer who graze here. This Gate was once dominated by the Grand Masters Palace and is now home to a Museum. Special events are often held in the courtyard here during the summer months.

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    New Knights Hospital

    by Myfanwe Updated Oct 31, 2010

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    The New knights Hospital now houses the Archaelogical Museum. Construction of the Hospital began in 1440 under the Grand Master Jean Bonpart de Lastic, whose crest - supported by two angels can be seen above the entrance. Lack of funds meant that the building was not finished until 1489 . It was restored under the Italian Occupation and then again after World War II. The sick and injured came to the Hospital from all over Christian Europe. In times of war the whole of the first floor became an infirmary with capacity for over 100 canopy beds. Nowadays, the infirmary area is used to display some wonderful coats of arms, tomb carvings and many discoveries from Kamiros and Lalyssos from the Mycenaean to late Hellenistic periods.

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    The English Inn

    by Myfanwe Written Oct 31, 2010

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    The Inn of England stands on a corner on Museum Square (just opposite the Archaelogical Museum). It was originally built in 1483 but was then re-built in 1919 after being accidentally destroyed under Italian Rule!

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