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A legend by itshel, the Old City of Rhodes is the best preserved, inhabited medieval city of Europe and a Cultural Heritage Monument of UNESCO.The The order of St John of Jerusalem occupied Rhodes from 1309 to 1523 and set about transforming the city into a stronghold.It subsequently came under Turkish and Italian rule.With the palace of the Grand Masters, the Great Hospital and the Street of the Knights, the Upper Town is one of the most beautiful urban ensembles of the Gothic period.In the Lower Town, Gothic architecture coexists with mosques, public baths and other buildings dating from the Ottoman period.Especially in ecclessiastical architecture two tensions appear.The first one concerns the Roman Catholic churches where the Knights were prior to theirarrival in Rhodes.That style evolved in Rhodes.It lent and borrowed many elements from the local architecture and the byzantine tradition.It adjusted to the local Materials and the Rhodian limestone, which was greatly exploited, creating unique artifacts.The regenerative art of the West made a huge impact on the local archicture and art in General on the island.The second ecclesiastical architectural tension conserns the Greek Orthodox churches that follow the byzantine tradition.Only after the Knights departure from the island, the orthodox churches imitate the gothic style with crossed arches.The ruins of Saint John’s of the Knights Catholic church, The Holy Apostles and Old Mess complex (Imaret), Suleiman’s Mosque, Mehmet Aga Mosque and Synagogue Shalom are some of the most popular sightseeings of the Old City.

 

February 20, 2015 Sightseeings

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The Monastery of Panagia Tsambika is located about 25 km south of Rhodes Town, between Kolymbia and Archangelos. The old monastery of Tsambika is built on top of a hill with gorgeous view to the sea and the surrounding area, while the new monastery, which works today, is found on the road that connects Archangelos to Rhodes Town.At the top of the hill at an altitude of 320 meters is the oldest monastery of Panagia tsampika.Walk on a winding and steep path, about 500 meters long, passing through a forest of cypress trees.The hill offers panoramic view of the surrounding area.The new monastery  was renovated in 1760 A.D.It is a temple of Dodecanese type and the floor has traditional shingles also observed in other churches in the area.The wooden temple is very beautiful and it is believed to be older than the 17th century A.D.The monastery celebrates on September 8th, the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin.The small icon of the Virgin Mary was miraculously found on the hill.The name Tsampika, according to tradition came from the local dialect Word “tsampa” which means spark and refers to the way the icon was retrieved.

February 18, 2015 Sightseeings

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Ancient City Of Kameiros is one of the most significant historical and archeological sites on the island of Rhodes. If the past tickles your interest, then your list of locales for sightseeing in Rhodes must include ancient Kamiros.On the north-western shore of Rhodes, close to the promontary of Agios Minas(the Ancient Mylantio) lies the third of the island’s ancient cities – Kameiros.Kameiros was one of the three large Doric cities of the island, which united with Ialyssos and Lindos in the 5th century B.C. to create the powerful city – state of Rhodes.Although it was established by the Dorian, it seems like the first inhabitants of the area must have been Achaeans, as the ruins of an ancient Mycenaean necropolis close to the village of Kalavarda reveal.Kameiros was basically an agricultural society which produced oil, wine and figs.During the city’s golden area of the 6th century, it was the first Rhodian city to cut its own coins.Kameiros has been often compared to Pompeii, something which is not correct since Kameiros did not fall into decline because of a natural disaster.Its decline, like the decline of Ialyssos, was the result of the gradual abandonment by its residents, who decided to move to the city of Rhodes, which as mentioned above, was established in 408 B.C.In 1929 archaeologists localized the ruins of the ancient city and the excavations which brought it back to life continued till the end of World War II.The motive to start the excavations was the accidental discovery of some ancient graves, as well as the name of the area, which was Kameiros and which had been reforested by the time.The findings which had been revealed by the excavations, which are very rich and important, have been taken to the British Museum and the Louvre.We hope that some day these archaeological treasures will be given back in order to be exposed to the public by the archaeological museum of Rhodes.

February 17, 2015 Sightseeings

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Positioned on the western edge of the city, on the top of the hill of Ayios Stefanos, the Acropolis of Rhodes and its imposing Temple of Apollo, dominates the views. Unlike most of the ancient acropoleis it was not fortified. It consisted of a monumental zone with Sanctuaries, large temples, public buildings and underground cult places.The buildings were built on stepped terraces supported by strong retaining walls.The style of the Hellenistic architecture on the Acropolis of Rhodes was perfectly conveyed by the combination of natural beauty and artificial transformations.The buildings on the Acropolis date to the Hellenistic and late Hellenistic periods.The excavations were carried out by the Italian Archaeological School during the italian occupation of the island (1912-1945).From 1946 onwards the Greek Archaeological Service conducted excavations which added to our knowledge of the history and topography of the place.The whole of the Acropolis has not yet been excavated.An archaeological zone of 12,500 s.q. has been excluded from contemporary building with the intention of continuing excavation works to uncover the splendid ancient city of Rhodes.From 1946 onwards the Greek Archaeological Service carried out restoration work in the area of the Temple of Pythian Apollo, which has suffered considerable damage from bombing in the 2nd World War and from the weight of the arillery that had been installed there.During the 60’s and 70’s there was reconstruction work to the west foundation of the same temple and in 1996 further Reconstruction was carried out on the Temple of and the Nymphaia. The Acropolis of Rhodes is one of the most interesting and enjoyable archeological sites one can visit. Located close to the city and surrounded by a pristine nature with fabulous views, is the favorite jogging and walking place for modern Rhodians. The lower part that includes the large Stadium, is safe for small children.

 

February 16, 2015 Sightseeings

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Get away from city life and experience the outdoors and nature by strolling through the lovely scenery, observing countless rare birds and animals.During your visit you will be taken a tour to every area of the Farm including the gift shop which offers accessories and product made from ostriches.There is also a Snack bar that you can sit and enjoy a delicious meal (for example Ostrich filet, Ostrich egg omelette) or a relaxing cup of coffee.Its an experience that you won’t want to miss! In the Park you have also the opportunity to ride with a camel.

(Adults: 6.00 eur, Children to 12 years: 4.00 eur)

February 14, 2015 Sightseeings

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The people of the “Melissokomiki Dodekanisou” are people with love and passion for beekeeping.They have created the Museum of Natural History of the Bee.The museum can host groups or individuals offering various exhibits concerning beekeeping since the old times -up to 200 years ago- up to our days.Presentation of old and modern beekeeping methods (e.g. handling beehives, a demonstration of the way honey is extracted, the production of wax, pollen, royal jelly, propolis etc.).Transparent beehives for observation purposes where one can safely study bees way of living in their own house.Information about bees lives and their products with audio-visual media (video, projector-cinema, dvd, cd-rom etc).A collection of tools of the farmers and the beekeepers.A tour in the modern production area with appointment.Analysis of the natural characteristics of honey and the other bee products in the quality control laboratory.Bee garden outside.Big inside and outside space with refreshment area for the guests.Easy access on Faliraki – Airport Avenue with big parking space.Selling point of the bee natural products and beekeeping equipment.

Visit Hours:

Monday – Saturday: 08.30 – 17.00

Sunday: 10.00 – 15.00 (June – September)

February 13, 2015 Sightseeings

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To reach Prasonisi you will have to drive all the way to the most south part of the island.Just after Katavia, turn left (there are signs to guide you) and after a few kilometers more driving and from the top of the hill, Prasonisi comes into sight: waves to the right, calm sea and shelter from the wing to the left – and surfers everywhere! It is one of the most impressive beaches on the island.Two sandy coves ending in an island that you can reach on foot or by swimming, depending on the weather and the level of the water.This is a paradise for surfers, especially in July and August.There are surfboards and wetsuits for hire.It is well worth a visit even if you are not a surfer yourshelf, just to enjoy the magnificent landscape and admire the skill of the surfers.

February 13, 2015 Sightseeings

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The castle is located near the village of Monolithos at the summit of the tall, craggy rock, dominating the view.Its a bit far from the main tourist attractions of Rhodes to reach, but its totally worth it! You can drive to the foot of the cliff, park your Car at a convenient spot and follow the narrow little steps all the way up until you reach the summit.Be careful not to slip on the smooth stones.In old times, this castle was considered one of the four more powerful fortress on the island, but today only the external walls fortifications remain.Inside the perimeter of the walls there are two 15th century chapels, St.Panteleimon and St.George.Looking around the ruins it is easy to notice that the castle was actually built on the foundations of another, older castle.But it’s not for the ruins or even the beautiful whitewashed churches that you would embark on the  strenuous climb to the Top – it’s the breathtaking view from there that looks over the sea and the numerous islets off the Western coast, the mountain of Akramytis and innumerable hills, as well as the village of Monolithos below.As a visitor said: “In GREECE you know, the landscape often gives you a sense of the presence of Gods.The site of Monolithos is certainly one of these”.The site is open all day and has no entry fee.There is a cafe opposite the entrance for a much-needed drink or snack.Take your time with the steps to reach the castle…plenty of places to stop to catch your breath, enjoy the flowers and take a photo.

February 12, 2015 Sightseeings

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The castle of Kritinia (Kastello for the locals) is a Venetian castle built in the 16th century on a hill about 131 metres above the village of Kritinia.It is fairly considered the germ of the village as it offers a breathtaking view of the Aegean Sea, the island of Chalki and some other deserted islands.Due to its strategic location that allowed a 360 degree monitoring view of the sea and thus, the pirates and the enemies activities, the site was chosen by the Knights of the Order  of St.John to build the castle.Originally, the castle was divided in three levels, each of them belonging to a different Grand Master.In 1480 the Ottoman Turks sent 100.000 soldiers across Rhodes in an effort to invade and conquer the island with a big number of troops sent to Kritinia as well, attempting to seize the castle.However, regardless of the fact that the Turks outnumbered the Knights a lot and after many bloodshed battles, the Turkish troops finally retreated, leaving the castle full of ruins and damages.Without wasting time though, the Knights engaged themselves to restoring the damages that the castle had sustained, bringing it back to its original form.Only the Shell of the castle still survives today.But above the rather disintegrated entrance of it, lie the coats of arms of two of the Grand Masters of the Medieval Era.The coat of arm of the Grand Master D’Amboise (1503-1512) and the one of the Grand Master origny (1467-1476).Within the walls there are also remnants of a chapel devoted to Saint John, where you can view amazing 16th century wall paintings.Fortunately and as the Greek Archeological Services had realized the importance of the castle, reinforcement programme will take place in order to conserve and renovate the damaged sections of the castle and the church.

February 12, 2015 Sightseeings

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For those who would prefer the mountain to the shore there is the recently renovated hotel is located at the Top of Profitis Ilias, near a small Byzantine Monastery with the same name.Surrounded by large cedars, pine and cypresses forest of a unique beauty, the complex is mainly consisted from two buildings.The larger, a three-storeyed one named Elafos and a two-storeyed one, Elafina, that it is not currently used.The buildings have a very distinctive architectural character, build like the traditional hotels of the Alps, both with large, stone build walls in the basement and high pitched wooden roofs.Captive deer do graze on the hotel grounds and the 800m.Elevation, provide a coolness especially appreciated by Alexandrian Greeks, who come to escape the Egyptian summer.The construction of the Elafos  hotel or better l’Albegro del Cervo as it was originally named, started during 1929 under the italian fascist regime.The name derives from the presence of herbs of Rhodian dears (dama dama) in the island’s forests.In 1930, a ground floor restaurant with a large veranda, a tennis court and a dancing floor were added while later on, the second floor was constructed, replacing the veranda.During the year 1932 the building was extended with a new wing, called Elafina.The hotel was finally named Elafos and Elafina after a certain species of deer that lives in the woods nearby.Recently the large building was renovated and it is currently run by a municipal company.

February 11, 2015 Sightseeings

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