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Things to do in Rhodes Town in 2024

Things to do in Rhodes Town in 2024

There was a time when the main attraction in Rhodes Town was undebatable. That time was the 3rd century BC, and that attraction was the Colossus of Rhodes.

The colossus was an enormous statue, 35 metres high and made of bronze, that represented Helios, the Ancient Greek god of the sun.

It was completed in 282 BC and stood by the entrance to the harbour until it was toppled by a huge earthquake in 226BC. Even though it only existed for 56 years, it was so impressive that it was named as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

You might have an idea of what it looked like if you’ve watched Game of Thrones. In season 4, an enormous statue of a man straddles the entrance to the harbour of Braavos. Although it’s much bigger, it was inspired by the concept of the Colossus of Rhodes.

The statue may be lost, but you don’t need a fantasy television show when you still have the Old Town of Rhodes itself, an incredible maze of antiquity full of interesting sights on a beautiful Greek island.

While there are so many things to do in Rhodes Town, the thing I enjoy the most is just walking through its streets, exploring what is considered to be one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe.

Throughout much of history, Rhodes Town has been at the crossroads between Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In particular, its position along important sea routes made it a focus for different civilisations vying for power in the Mediterranean Sea.

From the Greeks to the Romans, the Byzantines to the Ottomans, so many cultures had periods of influence on the island of Rhodes and on the town itself.

Visiting Rhodes Town

But none left more of a mark than the Knights Hospitallers, who established their headquarters here in the 14th century.

When you visit Rhodes Town and start to explore the warren of streets, each revealing more extraordinary sights, it’s the Knights Hospitallers who you can thank for much of it.

Why is Rhodes Town significant?

The Old Town of Rhodes is considered one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe. With much of it built by the Knights Hospitallers, it has an incredible collection of opulent monuments, as well as significant buildings from the Ottoman period that cam afterwards.

How long should spend in Rhodes Town?

With lots of accommodation options, you could stay a few nights. But for sightseeing, I recommend a full day. It takes a couple of hours each to see the Palace of the Grand Master and the Archaeological Museum, and you’ll…

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