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Roaming in Rhodes Old Town

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An October 2007 trip to Rhodes by MichaelJM

The Palace of the Grand Masters Photo, Rhodes, Greece More Photos
Quote: A trip to Rhodes Old Town is a must if you're on the island. We tramped around the city for hours but didn't see everything.

Roaming in Rhodes Old Town

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Overview

Rhodes Old Town Photo, Rhodes, Greece
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We just loved wandering the streets of the Old Town, weaving our way down narrow alleyways and enjoying the previously undiscovered (well at least for us) charm at the end. Cobbled streets (a devil to walk on!) played host to a plethora of small shops and the narrow passageways often hid some real interesting architecture. The library of Ahmet Havuz is worth checking out. There are some beautifully decorated Arabic and Persian manuscripts and the building and courtyard are a pleasure in themselves. Just across the street is the Clocktower of the Bourg. This was built in the 1850s on the exact position that a Byzantine tower once stood. The building is impressive in itself, but climb to...Read More

Romeo Restaurant

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Restaurant

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We ended up eating at the Romeo restaurant on Manekleous Square in the centre of the old town. I have to say that there was little rhyme or reason why we rested our weary limbs on the seats of Romeo but it was here that we slumped for our midday snack.We ordered a simple meal of Moussaka and a Greek salad to share with a litre of ice-cold water. The water was served rapidly alongside bread and a few dips (chilli feta, Tzaziki, and Taramasalata); we tore chunks of bread and started our onslaught on the dips, just proving what a healthy appetite we could build up after walking around for three and half hours. There was a real buzz to the place with waiters rushing all around us, but no sign...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 21, 2007

Romeo Restaurant
7-9 Menekleous & Sokratous Str.
Rhodes, Greece
+30 22410 25186

Odos Ippoton (Street of the Knights)

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Attraction | "Street of the Knights"

Odos Ippoton (Street of the Knights) Photo, Rhodes, Greece
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The street of the knights is said to be one of the most photographed street in Old Rhodes Town, and it really isn’t that hard to believe. It runs from the front of the Palace of the Grand Masters right down to the city wall and leads through to the water’s edge.The building of this medieval street started in the 14th Century many of the dwellings being gothically styled and they were carefully restored in the last century. Effectively this street was used exclusively to accommodate the knights when they visited the island – hospitality suites par excellence. They are known as the tongues because basically each Auberge catered for a country or a “linguas” so knights of the same nation could all...Read More

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Odos Ippoton (Street of the Knights)
Rhodes Old Town, Greece
Rhodes, Greece

Western Harbour Wall

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Attraction | "Mandraki Harbour "

Western Harbour Wall Photo, Rhodes, Greece
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Having exited the Old Town near to the modern port we strolled along the waterfront to the harbour. A modern sculpture incorporating dolphins, near to the large cruise ships, took our eye and we checked that out before making tracks to the harbour. Massive cruise liners were docked having spewed out their precious cargos onto the streets of Rhodes. It’s the first time we’ve seen one of these floating towns up close and we were real impressed with the scale of them. Perhaps we’ll try a cruise one day! Next we’re hot footing towards the harbour passing through a small street market in the shadow of the city walls. Its traders are selling hard to the passing tourists, but there was nothing partic...Read More

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Western Harbour Wall
Mandraki Harbour, Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes, Greece

The Palace of the Grand Masters

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Attraction | "The Palace of the Grand Master"

The Palace of the Grand Masters Photo, Rhodes, Greece
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The Palace of the Grand Master is indeed an impressive building but don’t get too carried away as this is a modern building built to what is believed to be the earlier specification. It was re-constructed in the 1930s and despite its lack of real age it’s a building that’s well worth inspecting.The Square Palace is built around a large courtyard and follows the outline of the modified 7th Century citadel. In the early 14th Century the Knights began their repair of the earlier fortress to make it the centre of their administration and fit for the residency of their Grand Master. However, the whole of the first floor collapsed in the middle of the 19th Century and all that remained of the origin...Read More

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The Palace of the Grand Masters
Rhodes Town
Rhodes, Greece