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.
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.
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.
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.
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 gates
Rhodes old town walls and moat
Street of the Knights (Ippoton)
Palace of the Grand Masters
Archaeological Museum of Rhodes
To Roloi Clock Tower
Ottoman Library and gardens
Narrow alleys of the Turkish quarter
Shops and bazaars on Sokratous Street
Quiet back streets of the Jewish quarter
Lady of the Castle Cathedral
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