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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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    The Archaelogical Museum

    by Myfanwe Updated Oct 30, 2010

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    The Archaelogical Museum is situated on Museum Square right next to the Street of the Knights. It is housed in a fantastic building which used to be the New Knights Hospital (see separate tip). Inside the museum you will find some great artefacts, mosaics and wonderful courtyard gardens. The best known objects in the Museum are two statues to the Godess of Aphrodite, the oldest dating from the Third Century BC. Other treasures on show include a statue of the head of Helios, the sun God (150BC). There really is a lot to see here so allow yourselves up to two hours to have a good look around.

    The Museum is open Tuesday - Sunday
    8:30-15:00; 8:30-20:00 in the summer.

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    The New Market (Nea Agora)

    by Myfanwe Written Oct 30, 2010

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    Nea Agora is a fine, distinguished building situated in the New Town just opposite Mandraki Harbour. There are some very pricey cafe's on the roadside at the front of the market where you will pay for Harbour views but just a hop skip and a jump away inside the market you will find some really nice looking - more affordable cafe's and fish restaurants. You will also find the usual gift shops here, it is a really nice pleasant place to wander around and wasn't that busy when we went there.

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    Inn of Auvergne

    by Myfanwe Written Oct 30, 2010

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    The Inn of Auvergne is situated on the Eastern side of Platia Simis, a few minutes walk into the Old Town from Liberty Gate. Above the portal of the Inn you will see the coat of arms of Guy de Blanchfort who was the Grand Master who completed the building in 1507.

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    The Church of the Virgin De Burgh

    by Myfanwe Written Oct 30, 2010

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    This ruined Church lies just inside the Virgin Gate. Here you can wander around free of charge and marvel at the splendid arches and pillar which remain of what must have been a great building in its' hey day.

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    The Clock Tower

    by Myfanwe Written Oct 30, 2010

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    The Clock tower (Roloi) was built in 1851. It is the highest building in Rhodes town. For a small fee you can climb to the top where you will get the most amazing views of Rhodes town and beyond.

    The clock tower is open from 08:00 - 24:00

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    Commercial Harbour

    by Myfanwe Updated Oct 29, 2010

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    Commercial Harbour is where all the large Cruise Liners berth and also from here you can get a ferry to Turkey, Symi and Kos to name but a few. There is also a wonderful little beach area here which is ideal for swimming, snorkelling or just relaxing. We took a stroll along the harbourside, the path running parallel to the city walls. We had a great time admiring all the great ships and colourful fishing boats which were moored there.

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    Relax on the Beach

    by Myfanwe Written Oct 29, 2010

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    There is a fantastic little sandy beach situated just outside the Old Town in Commercial Harbour, literally seconds away from the shops & restaurants. After a hard days sightseeing in the Old Town, I can think of nothing better than a few moments relaxing here watching the ships go by.

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    The Grand Masters Palace

    by Myfanwe Written Oct 29, 2010

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    The Palace of the Grand Masters is a reconstruction of a Palace built by Helion de Villeneuve on the site of an ancient Temple to the Sun God, Helios. The Turks at one time used it for a prison, for stabling their horses and as a gunpowder store. It was destroyed by a great gunpowder explosion in 1856 when lightning struck a minaret and exploded the powder magazine inside. When the Italians took control of Rhodes they reconstruced the Palace as a summer home for Victor Emmanuel III. Although the architects used contemporary drawings and engravings to ensure the exterior resembled the former Palace, the interior owes little to the Knights and much to the lavish Italiante design. Inside there are some superb Roman and Early Christian floor mosaics. The ground floor houses an exhibition of 2400 years of Rhodian history in various themes.

    The Palace is open Monday 12:30 - 20:00 and Tuesday to Sunday 08:00 - 20:00

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    St Trinity Chapel

    by Myfanwe Updated Oct 29, 2010

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    The Chapel of St Trinity has some great archaelogical features including many different styles as it has been renovated over the era's. It was built between 1365 and 1374. During the Ottoman occupancy if was turned into a Mosque named 'Khan Zadi Mescidi'. In later years its' facade was restored and a statuette of the Virgin Mary holding Christ in her lap was placed in a niche in the facade.

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    Street of the Knights

    by Myfanwe Written Oct 29, 2010

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    The Street of the Knights (Ippoton Street) runs next to the Archaelogical Museum and follows the ancient road which led from the harbour to the Temple of Heios where the Knights built the Palace of the Grand Masters. As you walk up the street you will find on the right hand side, the Inn of Italy which was built by Fabrizio del Caretto in 1519, the 15th Century Inn of France, Italy, Spain, Zizim House, a French Chapel and the Inn of Provence. The Inn of Spain can be found on the right hand side of the street. These buildings now house various institutes and galleries. I had a peek into the doorway of some where the doors were open & was rewarded by the sight of some great architecture and courtyard gardens for my nosiness!!

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    Marine Gate

    by Myfanwe Written Oct 29, 2010

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    The Marine Gate is by far the most impressive Gate in the Old town. It is commonly known among locals as 'Kolona' and frequently used as a meeting point. It was built in 1478 by Grand Master d'Aubusson and is situated directly in front of the Commercial Harbour which is used by major Ferry companies and Cruise liners.

    If you've just hopped off a Cruise ship/Ferry, there is a taxi rank right in front of the Marine Gate.

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    Liberty Gate

    by Myfanwe Written Oct 29, 2010

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    The Liberty Gate (ELeftherias Gate) was opened in 1924 by the Italians who looked on themselves as liberators of the Island from the Turks. This is the main gate leading from Mandraki Harbour and takes you into the 'Old Town'. There are some stone steps to the side of Liberty gate which lead to a tree lined gravel path from which you can get some great views of the Town Walls.

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    Temple of Aphridite

    by Myfanwe Updated Oct 28, 2010

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    Just inside the Liberty Gate, at Platia Simis you will find the remains of a Temple of Aphridite. The Temple dates from the 3rd Century BC. The intricately carved pillars and stonework that remain give an idea of how lavish the Temple must have been in its' time.

    The Remains of the Temple are in the open air and can be viewed for free. There is a great information board nearby giving an impression of what the Temple used to look like.

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    Son Et Luminere/Municipal Park

    by Myfanwe Written Oct 28, 2010

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    Every night in the Municipal Gardens there is a sound and light show called 'Son Et Luminere'. The show re-enacts thestory of the Knights including their fall at the siege of suleymand the Magnificent. The show starts at around 20:15 with and English performance most evenings ; Greek, Spanish, French, German and Swedish versions are also held each week.

    We had a look around these beautiful gardens during the day, they were awash with beautiful flowers which attracted some great species of butterflies. Towering over the perfectly tended gardens is the imposing structure of the Grand Masters Palace - the star of the show! Even though we were not around during the evening for the sound and light show, I have been told it is very good & it is definitely on my list of things not to miss on my next visit.

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