Overview of Rhodes’ Old Town
One of the largest medieval towns in Europe and definitely among the top attractions in the Greek islands. This UNESCO World Heritage Site seems to have stepped out of a fairytale, mixing medieval, byzantine, ottoman and Italian influences. Eleven gates lead to an atmospheric complex of fortifications, buildings, minarets, churches, fountains, narrow alleys, squares etc, as well as numerous sights. The Old Town’s highlight is the imposing Palace of the Grand Master (it has 80 rooms and also houses the island’s Byzantine Museum). From the Palace, head to the famed cobbled Street of the Knights (Europe’s best preserved medieval street) and visit the Archaeological Museum (housed at the Hospital of the Knights), Suleiman Mosque, church of Panagia tou Kastrou, Jewish synagogue, Ottoman Baths and other sites. The Old Town is also a lively place of more than 5.000 residents, as well as a touristic developed area with many shops, restaurants, accommodation options and nightlife spots.