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Stepping Back in Time in Medieval Rhodes Old Town

Medieval Rhodes Old Town is surrounded by a 4 km long medieval wall with seven impressive gates and a wide moat. Entering any of these gates is like stepping centuries back in time to a completely different world.rhodestown_mandrakiharbourrhodes_oldtown_castle_02rhodes_oldtown_07

One of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe, the medieval city of Rhodes was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998 for being a unique example of a particular medieval architectural style of the period of the Crusades combining byzantine, french and spanish influences with frankish and ottoman buildings.rhodes_oldtown_06rhodes_oldtown_street_02

Historically the medieval city of Rhodes was divided into two parts. The Collachium in the north housing official buildings associated with the knights’ order and their living quarters. And the larger southern part where the commoners lived in the Turkish and Jewish quarters.rhodes_oldtown_castlerhodes_oldtown_09

Discovering the medieval town is a lengthy business with so much to see and do: medieval walls with towers, gates, bastions, and battlements. Monuments, castles, churches, mosques, museums. Cafes, restaurants, shops, bazaars and so much more.rhodes_oldtown_08rhodes_oldtown_05

I spent one full day exploring Rhodes Old Town and I think I only managed to scratch the surface. One evening I returned here to see how the quarters come to life after dark. Here are some of my favourite places that should not be missed in medieval Rhodes Old Town:

Rhodes old town gatesrhodes_oldtown_gate

Rhodes old town walls and moatrhodes_oldtown_moat

Street of the Knights (Ippoton)rhodes_oldtown_streetoftheknights

Palace of the Grand Mastersrhodes_oldtown_palaceofthegrandmasters

Archaeological Museum of Rhodesrhodes_oldtown_archaeologicalmuseum

To Roloi Clock Towerrhodes_oldtown_toroloi_clocktower

Süleyman Mosquerhodes_oldtown_suleymanmosque

Ottoman Library and gardensrhodes_oldtown_ottomanlibrary

Narrow alleys of the Turkish quarterrhodes_oldtown_street_01

Sokratous Streetrhodes_oldtown_sokratousstreet

Shops and bazaars on Sokratous Streetrhodes_oldtown_bazaar

Ippokratous Squarerhodes_oldtown_11

Quiet back streets of the Jewish quarterrhodes_oldtown_10

Lady of the Castle Cathedralrhodes_oldtown_ladyofthecastlecathedral

Did you like this blog post? Read more about Rhodes:

Rhodes in Blue and White

Charmed by Koskinou – the Prettiest Village in Rhodes

Picture-perfect Ancient Village of Lindos

Exploring Historical Town of Ialyssós

Best Things to See and Do in Rhodes New Town


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Rhodes in Blue and White

When you think about Greece what is the scenery that you picture in your mind? I always picture Greece with whitewashed houses with blue doors and blue windows by the shimmering Mediterranean Sea. Or narrow lanes dotted with small traditional Greek tavernas with blue chairs and tables.Rhodes_chairs_blueIt is not surprising that blue and white are the national colours of Greece and also colours of the Greek flag, which I am sure Continue reading


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Best Things to See and Do in Rhodes New Town

Rhodes Town, situated on the northeastern tip of the island is without a doubt one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval fortress towns. Rhodes Town can be divided into old and new quarters: medieval buildings and narrow streets within the old town walls as well as vibrant and historical attractions by the waterfront in the new town.rhodestown_mandrakiharbour_01rhodestown_01

There are so many interesting things to see and do in Rhodes New Town that it is difficult to decide where to start. I want to Continue reading


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Rhodes: Exploring Historical Town of Ialyssós

On my 2-week holiday in Rhodes I stayed the first week in the beach town of Ialyssós on the north coast some 8 km west of the capital of the island, Rhodes Town. Like most places in Greece, Ialyssós (Triánda) has a long history stretching all the way to 1500BC when Ialyssós was one of the three powerful cities of ancient Rhodes together with Lindos and Kamiros.Ialyssos_trianda_rhodes_town_01Ialyssos_trianda_rhodes_town_02Some 5 km from the town of Ialyssós lies the remains of the ancient city of Ialyssós, one of the most important archaeological sites in Rhodes. A winding road leads to Continue reading


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Helsinki Night of the Arts

On Thursday this week during the annual one-day festival, Night of the Arts, Helsinki truly did its best to organise a wide range cultural events, exhibitions, workshops, performances and surprises to people of all ages.Helsinki_nightofthearts_taiteidenyö_sealives_fishes_cathedral

The Night of the Arts in Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is actually a festival within a festival, taking place every August during the fortnight of Helsinki Festival, locally Continue reading


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Rhodes: Picture-perfect Ancient Village of Lindos

Stunning whitewashed houses climbing amphitheatrically the slopes of a hill topped with a fortress at the end of a sweeping blue bay with a golden sandy beach make Lindos one of the most captivating villages in Rhodes.Rhodes_LindosLocated some 50 km from Rhodes Town, Lindos is picturesque more than anything. The scenery with turquoise waters is absolutely Continue reading


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Charmed by Koskinou – the Prettiest Village in Rhodes

Colours. Colours. Colours. Traditional Greek houses decorated with bright colours, vibrant colours, vivid colours. This is what the charming village of Koskinou is famous for. Colours. Red. Blue. Yellow. Green. Brown. Pink. Turquoise.Fotor_147083377736882 Continue reading