The Greek island of Rhodes is located in the eastern Aegean sea, off the coast of Turkey.
We spent some time there last Sept., as part of a five day cruise.
The Knights of St. John, aka Knights Hospitaller were the ruling force on Rhodes from 1309 until 1522, when the Turks drove them out. They eventually settled in Malta.
Unfortunately, on the day we visited, the Knights’ castle was closed due to a general strike (not uncommon in Greece, with the current economic and political climate), so we could only view it from the outside. What a pity! 🙁
Exterior, Place of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes:
This tourist video shows what we missed, (ie, the palace interior), starting at 1:31:
About 48 km south of Rhodes (city) is the town of Lindos. Once again we were cheated out of visiting the major attraction there, the Acropolis. On the other hand, we would have had to climb 100 stairs, which seemed a bit daunting at the time. Still disappointing!
Watching this video now, makes me even more sorry we missed it. Good reason to go back!
This cave below the Acropolis has an interesting history:
Many of the walkways and entrances in Lindos are beautifully paved in stone.
This artwork is known as “Choklakia”:
Despite the shortened itinerary, we enjoyed this tour of Rhodes immensely.
Another beautiful Greek island, steeped in history!
Have you ever been to Rhodes? Would you like to go?
Looking forward to your comments!
All photos ©DDB