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Welcome to Rhodes Town

Rhodes Town

Fun in the sun while on holiday in Rhodes Town on the north point of the island centres on the World Heritage-listed old walled medieval city that clusters around the ancient harbour of Mandraki. This ancient labyrinth of narrow streets and alleyways constitutes a tourist's paradise, with all the required trappings for a good time, including an art gallery and several museums.

The Street of the Knights is particularly intriguing, following the course of an even older track that once led from the Acropolis of Rhodes to the harbour, where stood the legendary Colossus. It now features buildings that were constructed in the 16th century as clubs for Knights belonging to the Order of St John. Each represents an inn of a different 'tongue' (the knights belonged to different national groups) and the facades of the buildings reflect the relevant architectural details.

The Turkish occupation of Rhodes is commemorated with a Venetian-styled Byzantine mosque, the Mosque of Suleiman, and the popular and well-used Turkish baths, in a 7th-century Byzantine building. The sprawling new town houses most of the travel agents, bars, discos, nightclubs, and numerous tavernas, and is best explored at night. The long stretch of beach in Rhodes Town is popular during the day with holidaymakers and has deckchairs, umbrellas and showers available.

Information & Facts

Greek is the national language, but English is widely spoken.

The Euro (EUR) is the official currency, divided into 100 cents. Banks and bureaux de change are widely available and travellers cheques and major credit cards are widely accepted. ATMs are widespread and are generally the cheapest and most convenient method of obtaining euros.

The ancient Hellenic acropolis of Rhodes sits on a hill in the western part of the city, and once consisted of a monumental zone full of sanctuaries, large temples, public buildings and underground vaults. The buildings were set on stepped terraces interspersed with gardens. The remains of the buildings on the Acropolis date back to the 2nd century BC, but all has not yet been excavated at the site. The Stadium, however, has been fully excavated and restored. Also still to be seen are the ruins of the Temple of Athena Polias on the northern edge of the site, the Nymphaia, which is made up of four cave-like constructions cut into the rock, used for recreation and worship, a small restored marble Odeon thought to have been used for musical events or lectures, the Temple of Pythian Apollo and the remains of the Gymnasium.

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