Medieval city of Rhodes

The medieval city of Rhodes, a UNESCO World Heritage site located on the Greek island of Rhodes, is a captivating blend of history, culture, and architectural splendor. Stepping into this enchanting walled city is like entering a time capsule that transports visitors back to the era of knights, crusaders, and merchants.

Surrounded by towering walls and protected by mighty fortifications, the medieval city of Rhodes is a testament to the island’s rich past as a strategic crossroads between Europe, Africa, and Asia. Its well-preserved labyrinthine streets are lined with centuries-old buildings, churches, mosques, and palaces that bear witness to the diverse influences that have shaped its unique character.

One of the most iconic landmarks in Rhodes is the Palace of the Grand Master, a majestic fortress that served as the residence of the island’s rulers during the Byzantine and medieval periods. The palace’s imposing towers, intricate mosaics, and ornate frescoes offer a glimpse into the opulence and power of its former inhabitants.

Visitors to Rhodes can also explore the Street of Knights, a cobblestone thoroughfare flanked by impressive medieval buildings that once housed the knights of the Order of St. John. Walking along this historic street feels like traveling through time as you admire the architectural details and imagine life in this formidable military order.

In addition to its architectural treasures, the medieval city of Rhodes boasts charming squares, bustling markets, quaint cafes, and artisan shops where visitors can immerse themselves in local culture and craftsmanship. Whether wandering through ancient alleyways or savoring traditional Greek delicacies in a picturesque courtyard, every moment spent in this UNESCO site is filled with wonder and discovery.

Read what others share about their experience

  • Donna B
    2 weeks ago
    We loved it. We parked at the harbour for free and walked into town although they provide a free bus...
  • Steve Ryan
    2 months ago
    Wonderful living medieval town, although many touristic shops. We had a walking guide so we heard...
  • Ron Schroeder
    2 months ago
    At fantastic historical city that can transport you back in time. Very well preserved medieval...
  • Keith Llewellyn
    a week ago
    Visited Rhodes, old town, from a cruise ship and thought it was one of the best Greek islands I have...
  • Tom Wilson
    a month ago
    A nice walk round parts of the old town. Some really nice little places to eat, etc, but also a load...

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