Rhodes Town


Although the capital of Rhodes and the Dodecanese group is most famous since antiquity as the site of Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, it is the old city with its strong walls that attracts most interest. The entrance to Mandhráki harbour was supposedly straddled by the Colossus, an ancient statue of Apollo erected to commemorate the 305 BC siege. The Old Town is of more recent construction, created by the Knights Hospitaller in the fourteenth century.Within, one can witness the buildings from the antiquity, the Byzantine times and the middle Ages to Turkish rule. The most imposing is the Palace of the Grand Master, which was a hospital of the Knights, however many inns, Gothic churches ancient monuments galleries, museums and stone-paved alleyways, all jostle for attention. Rhodes town has two harbours, Mandraki harbour with deer statues at the entrance and a larger harbour where the cruise ships and ferries stop.