Citadel of Rhodes : Michelin's recommendations
The knights and their attendants lived in this part of the city, which was fortified on all four sides and was called the Collachium; the internal wall, which no longer exists, ran parallel with Odós Sokrátous. The Paláti Megálon Magístron (Palace of the Grand Masters), built in the 14C in the northwest corner of the ramparts, was more like a fortress than a palace. It was protected by a moat, crenellated walls and towers, a keep and underground storerooms. It was converted into a prison by the Turks, severely damaged by the explosion of a munition store in 1856 and later restored. The palace is built around a central courtyard surrounded by arcades paved with marble. The rooms on the first floor, furnished in the Italian style, contain a series of Hellenistic and Roman mosaics from the Dodecanese Islands: note the Lion Hunt. Odós Ipotón is a medieval cobbled street lined with 'inns', Gothic buildings from the 15C and 16C in which the knights lived according to their native language. Not to be missed: the French Inn, the largest and most beautiful of the inns. The impressive Nossokomío Ipotón (Knights' Hospital), begun in 1440, was completed under Pierre d'Aubusson, Grand Master of the Knights from 1478 to 1505. Don't miss the Great Ward of the Sick and the Archeological Museum which it houses. Also worth a visit: the Emborió, now known as the Commercial Harbour, which has always been a safe anchorage.
- Address : Kleovoulou GR - 851 00 Ródos851 00Ródos
- Phone : 2241 365270
- Prices : 6 €
Opening hours :
- Paláti Megálon Magístron -in high season: 8am-4pm; rest of year: 8am-3pm - closed Mon