European Adventure Part VII

The Old Town of Rhodes (Rhodes is a Greek island) is surrounded by strong imposing walls and with its magnificent fortress built in the 14th century by the Knights of St. John.  Today it is among the largest and most well-preserved medieval settlements in Europe and designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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Rhodes Old Town is an exquisite museum of the medieval era, home to a number of sights you shouldn't miss during your visit.  The oldest inhabited medieval town in Europe, it is remarkable with its castles, houses and a warren of cobbled squares and alleyways.

There are approximately 200 streets and lanes in the Old Town that simply have no name so finding your bearings here is quite a challenge but getting lost may actually be a great opportunity to explore.

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Strolling around the cobble-paved streets with the majestic buildings of the Knights, the huge walls of the Old Town and the moat, the Byzantine churches and the Ottoman mosques, squares, gardens and courtyards one can get the impression that time came to a halt here.


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Note the cannon!

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The open area was the moat!


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The cathedral (Church of the Annunciation) is one of the better known landmarks of the New Town of Rhodes.  The cathedral was built in 1925, some 13 years after the Italians seized control of the island from the Turks, and it was based on the architectural design of the medieval, gothic Church of Saint John, located in the Collachium, adjacent to the Palace of the Grand Master in the Old Town of Rhodes.


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The church originally served the Italian Catholic community that settled here during the occupation years, and it remained in the Catholic faith until the island’s reunification with mainland Greece in 1948, when it was taken over by the Greek Orthodox Church and proclaimed the official cathedral of Rhodes.



The Acropolis of Rhodes is the site of the main remains of what was the city of Rhodes in the Hellenistic period. Containing several different sites, including temples, monuments and public buildings, the Acropolis of Rhodes represents the main ancient site in the city, dating to mostly the third and second centuries BC.

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If you've been following my posts on our European Adventure, thanks!  For those joining us at any point, you have the option of visiting, reading and viewing the other posts using the links below.  I still have a fair number of photographs to process.  That means more posts to follow on this particular adventure.

Part I
Part VI

Have a grand day!


Comments

TexWisGirl said…
huge old fortress! the interior of the cathedral is a bit too overdone for me. :) great shot of the sun flare peeking from the arch!
Stephen Hayes said…
I was hoping for more pictures from your trip and this post didn't disappoint. I love nothing better than wandering through historic places and pretending I've been thrown back in time.
Lisa Gordon said…
What amazing structures these are, Daniel.
The architecture is just mind boggling.
Stephanie said…
Gorgeous architecture! Love the brick work.
Red said…
Fascinating shots that show another age. Imagine moving all this rock without machinery?
Tammy said…
So many exquisite sights! The fortress is gorgeous! The interior of the cathedral is brilliant; love that massive chandelier! Wonderful photography, Daniel!

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