Rhodes is one of the ancient cities of Greece. Flanked by Crete and the Aegean Ocean, it is the largest Dodecanese Island of Greece. This is one of the popular tourist destinations, where visitors come from allover the world to see the historical sites, museums and explore natural beauty of the island.
When you arrive at the Island of Rhodes, you should take some time to visit its historic sites.
Old City of Rhodes
This is the largest and the oldest inhabited city of Europe. The wonderful medieval buildings of the city are well restored for the visitors to get a glimpse of its economic prowess during the medieval period. The temple of Venus, the palace of the Knights, the Church of Our Lady of the Castle, the museum of decorative arts and the Municipal Art Gallery are noted attractions of the historic quarter of Rhodes.
Acropolis of Lindos
The Acropolis of Lindos is a popular attraction of the island. Below the temple of Athena, located in this acropolis, stands the remnant of a medieval theatre. The theatre includes a circular orchestra and an auditorium capable of housing 1800 spectators. In the adjacent area, you will come across several funeral monuments. The Archokrateion and the Tomb of Kleoboulos are most famous. The wall surrounding this acropolis was constructed by the Knights of St. John.
Acropolis of Rhodes
Another popular tourist destination is the Acropolis of Rhodes. It features magnificent temples and buildings. The Temple of Athena located here is a Doric peripteral temple dedicated to goddess Athena. The Nymphaia is a site of cult worship and an ancient recreational site, situated in a subterranean cave. The Odeion located in this acropolis is an ancient theatre where musical events were hosted. This is also the arena where famous scholar of Rhodes addressed gatherings. The Stoa building, the Temple of Pythian Apollo and the Stadium are other noted features of this acropolis.
The Acropolis in Ialyssos
On the northern part of the island stands the Acropolis of Ialyssos. This mediaeval ruin of Greece houses the Doric temple dedicated to goddess Athena, the Church of the Knights of St. John and a monastery. The buildings of the acropolis belonged to the Archaic, Byzantine and the Knight’s era.
This ancient Greek city was the first city of the region to have its own currency. A devastating earthquake destroyed this opulent city in 400 BC.