Best Things to See in Old Town

Lady of the Castle

Church of The Lady of the Castle

The church of Our Lady of the Castle is located opposite the Archaeological Museum of Rhodes , next to Arnaldou Gate . It was propably built at 11th century as a byzantine church , but then reconstructed two times , first after the conquest of Rhodes by the Knights and second during the Turkish occupation where the church reconstructed as a mosque.

Temple of Afroditi

Temple of Afroditi

3rd century bc remains of Afrodite’s Temple

See also: What is the best area to stay in Rhodes?

Ippoton Street (Street of the Knights)

Ippoton Street
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The most famous street of Rhodes that connects the church of Our Lady of the Castle with the Palace of Grandmaster.

Holy Trinity Church (Archangel Michael Church), Ippoton str.

Holy Trinity Church

The church which was dedicated to Archangel Michael was built between 1365 and 1374 as annexe of the English tongue. As a result of a depicted theme inside the church , it’s modern name is Holy Trinity.

Archaeological Museum (Hospital of the Knights)

Archaeological Museum

Hospital of the Knights was constructed between 1440 and 1489 and nowadays hosts the Archaeological Museum of Rhodes.

Palace of the Grandmaster (Byzantine Museum)

Palace of the Grandmaster

Mosaic floors , medieval furniture , mirrors , paintings , buzantine pottery , sculptures , wall paintings , miniatures and more.

Suleiman Mosque

Suleiman Mosque

It was built in the 16th century by Suleiman the Magnificent.

Roloi Clock Tower

Roloi Clock Tower

It is located next to Suleiman Mosque.

Saint Panteleimon

Saint Panteleimon

It was built after the first siege from the Ottomans on July 27th (day of the churches celebration) 1480 A.D.

Guest House (Hospice) of Saint Catherine

Guest House of Saint Catherine

The Hospice of St. Catherine was built in 1391-92, under grand master Heredia, by the Italian Domenico d’Allemagna, admiral of the Order of the Knights of St. John (Knights Hospitaller). The founder was an important personage, disposing of considerable means. The foundation charter of the Hospice in 1391 states that it was “founded in the burgus of Rhodes, near the walls at the gate leading to the mole already known as the Gate of St. Catherine from 1465”. The situation of the building draws the eye, as it projects into the axis of the high street; the salient part carries the coats of arms of 1516.

Saint Fanourios

Saint Fanourios

It was built in the 13th century A.D. It is cross shaped and the interior is adorned with wonderful frescos.

Yeni Hamam (Municipal Baths – Ottoman Baths)

Yeni Hamam

Turkish Library (Hafiz Ahmet Aga Library)

Turkish Library

Church of the Virgin of the Burgh (Split Church)

Church of the Virgin of the Burgh
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The Virgin of the Burgh was a landmark in the development of ecclesiastical architecture in the Dodecanese and Asia Minor. The church belongs to the type of the three aisled basilica with the aisles divided with colonnades supporting arches roofed by Gothic ribbed cross – vaults.It is possible that from the late 15th century and until the second siege by the Ottoman Turks, which ended with the capture of Rhodes in 1522, and the monument’s destruction, it may have functioned as the seat of the Latin archbishop. Between the 19th and early 20th century the church was converted into houses. During the Italian occupation, the houses were expropriated and demolished. In 1955, a gate was opened in the medieval town wall, connecting the medieval town with the commercial harbour, by means of a street passing through the nave of the church, hence the name “Split Church”, under which it has been locally known.

Rhodes Synagogue – Jewish Museum

Rhodes Synagogue – Jewish Museum

Discover “La Juderia” and Jewish history that dates back to ancient times with a visit to these two buildings.

Medieval Moat

Medieval Moat Entrance

According to Wikipedia moat is a deep, broad ditch, either dry or filled with water, that surrounds a castle, fortification, building or town, historically to provide it with a preliminary line of defence.

As you can see in Rhodes Moat photo tour this moat is a dry one , which means you can walk inside it. Enjoy!

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