Have a break in the picturesque island of Rhodes in Greece
Once the cruise ship arrives in Rhodes port, you disembark very close to the ancient fortified city. You can easily get downtown on foot.
You can see the fortifications from the balcony of the ship:
These fortifications were built by the Knights of Saint John in the 14th and 15th centuries. They have been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1988.
You can wander about in the streets since you can’t get lost! Indeed whereever you are, you can see the ship above the fortifications. It is a good way to know where you are!
There are 11 doors in the fortifications. The most famous street of the old town is the Street of the Knights because of the numerous inns or palatial residences called “Lodges” and corresponding to the languages spoken by the different groups of Knights. Later the amabassadors used to be accomadated there.
The archeological museum is situated in the ancient Saint Catherine’s Hospice which was built in the 15th century.
There used to be 7 nations and languages but today remain only 4 of them: Italy, France, Provence and Spain.
Keep up walking to reach the Mosque of Suleiman. It was built in the 16th century to pay tribute to the Suleiman the Magnificent when the Turks entered the city.
Next to the Mosque let’s have a look at the Clock Tower. It is 30 meters high and dates back to 1851. It was built to pay tribute to the Turks and aimed at sounding the Greeks ‘ coming back to the old town.
Not far from it, stop in the Church of the Virgin of Burgh for a while. It was built in the 14th century by the Knights of Saint John. It is an impressive building. The frescos inside are worth the journey.
To finish I suggest you should walk to the ruins of the Temple of Aphrodite. The temple is situated between the military port and the cruise port. It was built in the 3rd century and there used to be a beautiful statue of Aphrodite. It is now exhibited in the archeological museum in the old town.
It is nearly you went back to the boat. But before that, let’s cross the shopping street. You can cast a glance at the weaver’s workshop, buy some souvenirs (which were made in China) or have a drink!
In brief here is a bunch of flowers I’ve seen all around the walk.
Have a nice week-end!