New Town Tour (Self Guided), Rhodes

New Town Rhodes dates back to the sixteenth century and is quite different from the medieval section of the city. Upper New Town boasts some great attractions, including some fine examples of the “Neo-Imperial” architectural style, such as the Prefecture of Rhodes building (Nomarhia). Follow this tour to discover the best Upper New Town has to offer!
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New Town Tour Map

Guide Name: New Town Tour
Guide Location: Greece » Rhodes (See other walking tours in Rhodes)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles
Author: rose
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Main Post Office
  • Prefecture of Rhodes
  • National Theater of Rhodes
  • Murat Reis Mosque
  • Turkish Cemetery
  • Church of Our Lady of Victory
  • New Art Gallery (Museum of Modern Greek Art)
  • Aquarium
Main Post Office

1) Main Post Office

The Main Post Office in Rhodes is a stunning building located in Liberty Square, known locally as Plateia Eleftherias, in the modern city. It may not be one of the oldest constructions on the island, but its impressive Renaissance Eclecticism architectural style is nonetheless beautiful and worthwhile visiting. The Main Post Office was built during the first years of the Italian reign over the island, between 1912 and 1943. The post office was designed by Italian architect Florestano di Fausto. It has always maintained its function as the principal post office on the island, initially, under the Italian and, more recently, under the Greek postal service.

The façade is highly stylized and features impressive carvings and engravings into the local poros stone. Above the grand entrance there is an emblem of the god of sun and there are entrances to either side. The Main Post Office, like many of the buildings constructed during Italian sovereignty, were deliberately opulent in order to emphasize the superiority of the Italian reign, as well as to attract tourists to the new part of the city of Rhodes. The Main Post Office is open daily between 8:30am and 2:30pm.
Prefecture of Rhodes

2) Prefecture of Rhodes

The Prefecture of Rhodes is one of the largest and most impressive buildings constructed under the Italian occupation of the island. The building was used as the Governor’s Palace and was constructed in 1927 by the Italian architect Florestano di Fausto. The architectural design brings into play a variety of styles and is said to resemble the Palace of the Duces in Venice. While wandering around the building you can see evidence of Venetian, Byzantine and Spanish influences on the design. The façade of the building features an arched walkway that is decorated with ornate urns and you can visit the exterior of the building and stroll along the colonnade at any time.

There is an ancient staircase that leads towards the former Governor’s Palace that has been carefully incorporated into the general design of the building. These days the building is used as the Prefecture of Rhodes building for the Dodecanese Government. Since it is used in an official capacity, it is not open to the public at all times, but you can visit and tour the building at certain hours throughout the week. Visiting the Prefecture of Rhodes building is ideally combined with sightseeing at the Murat Reis Mosque nearby.
National Theater of Rhodes

3) National Theater of Rhodes

The National Theater of Rhodes is the principal theatrical and cultural space on the island. It was built under the sovereignty of the Italians during the first half of the 20th century and was designed to impress and underscore the might of the ruling Italians. It is considered to be one of the finest examples of “fascist” architecture and is thought to have influenced the “international style. The building was constructed in 1937 and makes innovative use of glass bricks using the “finta pietra” technique. Once it was inaugurated, the theater was originally known as the “Puccini Theater” in honor of the great Italian composer.

Inside the theater there is a well laid out foyer area and inside the theater space there are lovely opera boxes and a huge balcony. The concert hall is well known for its high roof, which allows for great acoustics and lends itself very well to the performance of opera. Following on from World War II the theater has served a dual purpose as a performance space and cinema. Although the National Theater of Rhodes is one of the premier modern era buildings on the island, the identity of the architect has not been preserved over time.
Murat Reis Mosque

4) Murat Reis Mosque

The Murar Reis Mosque in Rhodes is one of the oldest mosques on the island, built less than a year after the Ottoman conquest in 1523. It is located very close to the Rhodes Prefectural Building and was constructed on the site of the Aghios Antonios Church next to the cemetery of the Knights. The exterior of the mosque boasts an ornate minaret from which the call to prayer has been heard down through the centuries. The façade of the mosque has been renovated, but it retains its ambiance and is a fascinating place to visit. Further renovations are needed in order to protect this historically important site for future generations to enjoy.

The mosque is named after Murat Reis, who is buried in the cemetery within the grounds. One of the Ottoman Empire’s most successful naval commanders, he was also considered by many to be one of the most important Barbary corsairs. For centuries sailors visited his tomb at the mosque seeking good luck at sea. He was later in life relieved of his post by the Ottoman Sultan for what was considered to be his sarcastic poetry. The Turkish Cemetery is located right next door to the Murat Reis Mosque.
Turkish Cemetery

5) Turkish Cemetery

The Turkish Cemetery is located right next door to the beautiful and ancient Murat Reis Mosque in Rhodes New Town. There are 378 Turkish tombs at the cemetery and wandering around admiring the ambiance of the mosque next door and the highly ornate and decorative tombs gives you some real insight into the Ottoman rule on the island for hundreds of years. One of the most important tombs at the site is that of Murat Reis, after whom the mosque is named. He was a famous Turkish naval commander and corsair under the Ottoman Empire. The cemetery dates from the 16th century around the same time that the mosque was constructed.

Many of the tombs are in a bad state of repair and require renovation or support to ensure that this important cultural site is maintained for future generations. Following World War II, famous author of the Bloomsbury set, Lawrence Durrell spent time living in a home within the Turkish Cemetery and his experiences of the island are recounted in Reflections on a Marine Venus. When touring the New Town, a visit to the Turkish Cemetery to indulge in some history as well as to escape the heat under the shady eucalyptus trees is highly recommended.
Church of Our Lady of Victory

6) Church of Our Lady of Victory

The Church of Our Lady of Victory is known locally as Sancta Maria and has a long and turbulent history on Rhodes. The church existed during the reign of the Knights over the island and was run by the Franciscans, but following the victory of the Ottoman Empire, in 1522, they were forced to leave and the original church was destroyed. In 1719, their mission on Rhodes was allowed to return and in 1743, the Church of Our Lady of Victory was rebuilt in its current location. In 1851, the church underwent significant expansion and it was made the main Catholic Church on Rhodes.

Following an earthquake in 1926 the Belltower collapsed and plans were forged to construct a new façade. The renovations were completed in 1929 and the Baroque Portal was replaced by a new wrought iron gate brought from Emilia-Romagna in Italy. The façade now features elements of the church’s crusader origins as well as a Maltese cross. Inside the church there is a single nave and transept along with three cross vaults and a cupola that is crowned with a lantern. In 1937 Rhodian marble was added to the frontal of the main altar.
New Art Gallery (Museum of Modern Greek Art)

7) New Art Gallery (Museum of Modern Greek Art)

The New Art Gallery is a part of the Museum of Modern Greek Art in Rhodes. The gallery is located on Gavriil Charitou Square in Rhodes. The gallery building was donated by Ioannis and Paola Nestoridis, and the museum moved a part of its permanent collection to this new venue.

8) Aquarium (must see)

The Aquarium on Rhodes is located towards the north of the island and was constructed in the 1930s under the patronage of the Italians. Initially it was developed as a hydrobiological station; however since 1963 it has operated as both a scientific facility and as a museum and educational facility open to the public. These days it is under the supervision of the National Center for Marine Research and focuses its attention on oceanography, fisheries and the inland waters around Rhodes and the Dodecanese Islands amid the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas.

As a visitor you have the chance to see living species, among them many endangered creatures that have been rescued from local waters for rehabilitation. There are also many taxidermy displays of marine animals that are used for educational purposes. The aquarium is located in the basement area of the hydrobiological station and among the favorite sea creatures that visitors can see are coral, sea flowers, octopi, turtles, sharks, toothed whales, seals and many fish that are indigenous to the Eastern Mediterranean. The resident marine creatures at the aquarium occupy around 40 tanks in tens of thousands of liters of water. It is open every day of the year except Greek Orthodox Easter Sunday.

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