Rhodes Old Town

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Rhodes Old Town showing heritage architecture and a city

One of the most awe-inspiring archaeological sites in all of Greece, this UNESCO-listed city is crammed with historic architecture and ruins.

The Old Town in Rhodes is one of the oldest continually populated medieval towns in Europe. Discover Byzantine relics, Ottoman mosques and Venetian architecture and learn about the history as you explore the fascinating ruins.

The Order of St. John of Jerusalem, also known as the Order of the Knights of St. John, was founded during the years of the Crusades. By the early 14th century, they were one of the strongest military organizations in Christian Europe. Between 1309 and 1523, they governed Rhodes and converted the city into a fortified town.

Enter the Old Town through the Eleftheria Gate to the Plateia Simi (Simi Square). Discover many museums in this part of town, including the Folk Art Museum and the Archaeological Museum, which is housed in the Great Hospital. Walk along the winding alleyways to the pedestrian-only Street of the Knights. This beautifully preserved street is where the knights once resided. Framed by tall walls, with knights’ inns and family houses, the street still looks much like it would have in the 14th century.

Near the Knights’ Quarters is the striking Palace of the Grand Masters. The palace, which was the administrative headquarters for the order in the early 14th century, is one of the most impressive structures in Rhodes. It now houses the Byzantine Museum. Enter to browse displays containing medieval relics, sculptures, antique furniture and mosaic floors.

Visit what is believed to be the site of the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Located near the harbor, this monument honored the Rhodian victory in the battle of Demetrius the Besieger in 305 B.C.. This colossal statue took 12 years to complete and is thought to have been approximately 100 feet (30 meters) high.

Shop for souvenirs on Sokratous Street and stop for a coffee on the café-lined Ippokratous Square where the Castellania Fountain, the Chadrevan Mosque and the Palace of the Castellan are located. After a day of sightseeing, relax in a Turkish hammam at the Platia Arionos.

Medieval fortified walls enclose the Old Town of Rhodes. It is pedestrian-only and many of the lanes are unmarked, so be prepared to lose yourself in the winding cobbled streets. To get here, take a taxi or catch a local bus.


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Muses
Muses
4 out of 5
Perikleous 25 & Tauriskou 26, Rhodes
The price is AU$47 per night from 6 Dec. to 6 Dec.
Located in Rhodes Old Town, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Aegean Islands and Rhodes Port. Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of ...
4/5 Very Good! (77 reviews)
"Great location in Old Town."

Reviewed on 28 Jul. 2021

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Trinity Boutique Hotel
Trinity Boutique Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Perikleous 31-39, Rhodes
The price is AU$223 per night from 1 Jan. to 1 Jan.
Located in Rhodes Old Town, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Aegean Islands and Rhodes Port. Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes ...
5/5 Exceptional! (67 reviews)
"Great location, quiet, and clean.Very friendly staff."

Reviewed on 26 Oct. 2021

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10GR Hotel and Wine Bar - Adults Only
10GR Hotel and Wine Bar - Adults Only
5 out of 5
16 Polidorou, Rhodes
The price is AU$172 per night from 6 Dec. to 6 Dec.
Located in Rhodes Old Town, this luxury hotel is steps away from Aegean Islands and Rhodes Port. Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes and Elli ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (57 reviews)
"Everything was perfect"

Reviewed on 17 Oct. 2021

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D'Argento Boutique Rooms
D'Argento Boutique Rooms
3.5 out of 5
Dimokritou 7-9, Rhodes
Located in Rhodes Old Town, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Aegean Islands and Rhodes Port. Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes and Elli ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (16 reviews)
"They deserve 10/10. Beautiful room and location. A family-run business that cares about their guests."

Reviewed on 4 Sep. 2021

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In Camera Art Boutique Hotel
In Camera Art Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
35 Sofokleous Street, Medieval Town, Rhodes
Located in Rhodes Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Aegean Islands and Rhodes Port. Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes and ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (67 reviews)
"This is a spectacular property in the perfect spot for walks to the Old Town of Rhodes for the restaurants and shops. We had the Villa for our 4 night stay and it was just beautiful with a huge patio for sitting in the evenings after a long day sipping wine. Special mention for the staff (family) ..."

Reviewed on 12 Jul. 2021

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Spirit Of The Knights Boutique
Spirit Of The Knights Boutique
4 out of 5
14 Alexandridou, Old Town, Rhodes, Rhodes Island
The price is AU$153 per night from 7 Dec. to 7 Dec.
Located in Rhodes Old Town, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Aegean Islands and Rhodes Port. Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (111 reviews)
"We had a lovely stay at Spirit of the Knights! Duncan and Elena were very hospitable and helpful during some unusual situations. We hope to come back and would highly recommend this hotel!"

Reviewed on 13 Mar. 2020

Spirit Of The Knights Boutique
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