Old City of Rhodes

Greece, Rhodes Guide (B): Old City of Rhodes

The Old City of Rhodes with a current population of 6,000 inhabitants is surrounded by medieval walls with seven gates: Gate of the Naval Station, Gate of Agios Ioannis, Gate of Agia Ekaterini, Gate of the Apostle Paul, Gate of Amboise, Gate of Agios Athanassios and the Gate of the Port. To enter any of these gates is to enter another world. Now it happens to be a world of tourist shops, restaurants, cafes and museums, more like a Turkish bazaar than any Greek city, but anyone with imagination can't help but be touched by the history of the place where a handful of Knights were the last Christian holdouts in a part of the world that had become completely dominated by Muslims, in particular the Ottoman Turks.

When the city finally did fall after a siege that exhausted both defenders and besiegers the remaining Knights were offered safe passage and on January 1st of 1523 left Rhodes along with 5000 of the Christian inhabitants of the island who chose to leave rather than live under the Sultan. In the defense of the city 2000 Christians had died. The Turks had lost 50,000 trying to take it. This is not, however just an old town filled with ghosts of the past. The old city of Rhodes is a living, vibrant community with many homes and business, not all of them connected to tourism. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Old City of Rhodes
Guide Location: Greece » Rhodes
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Archaeological Museum   Grandmaster's Palace   Orffeos Street   Suleiman Mosque   Aristotelous street   Ippokratous Square   Platia Arionos  
Author: Matt Barrett
Read it on author's website: http://www.greecetravel.com/rhodes/oldtown.htm