Rhodes Introduction Walking Tour (Self Guided), Rhodes

The city of Rhodes, capital of the eponymous island of Rhodes, the biggest island of the Dodecanese archipelago, went down in history a long time ago as the site of one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, the Colossus of Rhodes. To find the place where the famous Colossus once stood, as well as to discover other notable sights of ancient Rhodes, follow this orientation walk.
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Rhodes Introduction Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Rhodes Introduction Walking Tour
Guide Location: Greece » Rhodes (See other walking tours in Rhodes)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 13
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles
Author: holly
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Ippokratous Square
  • Marine Gate
  • Sokratous Street
  • Archaeological Museum of Rhodes
  • Church of Our Lady of the Castle
  • Street of The Knights (Ipoton Street)
  • Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes
  • Mosque of Suleiman
  • Walls of the Medieval City of Rhodes
  • Municipal Garden of Rhodes (Sound and Light Show)
  • Eleftherias (Freedom) Gate
  • Windmills of Mandraki
  • Colossus of Rhodes
Ippokratous Square

1) Ippokratous Square (must see)

Ippokratous Square lies in the medieval walled city of Rhodes. In the center of the square stands an ornamental fountain, which, along with a grand staircase from the south west section, is the only remaining evidence of the Castellania, an important building constructed by the Knights Hospitaller in the 14th century. When you enter the Old City by the Marine Gate, you will find yourself in Ippokratous Square, which is a great place to begin exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The square is very popular with locals and tourists alike, who enjoy coffee, dining or drinks from one of the many alfresco cafes and bars that are scattered around its periphery. Stopping here to soak up the atmosphere at one of the cafes and to boost your energy for exploring the old city is a memorable experience.

There are also a number of cultural and historic sites on Ippokratous Square, including the Castellania Library, which is a treasure trove of ancient books and documents. The library is housed in Epavlis Mansion and features a music department and exhibition space along with the library tomes. It is also at Ippokratous Square that Sokratous Street, one of the most popular commercial streets on the island, begins.
Marine Gate

2) Marine Gate (must see)

Marine Gate (also called St. Catherine’s Gate or Sea Gate) is located south of Arnaldo Gate in front of the Commercial Harbor in Rhodes. It was erected by Grand Master Pierre d’Aubusson in 1478 as a means of defense against possible Ottoman attacks. The relief above the entrance depicts the Virgin Mary, Saint John and Saint Peter. This impressive gate is a work of art.
Sokratous Street

3) Sokratous Street (must see)

Sokratous Street is the most popular shopping area in Old Town Rhodes. The street is packed with numerous shops and is popular with the tourists. The colorful, vibrant atmosphere of this shopping mecca attracts crowds every day.
Archaeological Museum of Rhodes

4) Archaeological Museum of Rhodes (must see)

The Archaeological Museum of Rhodes is located within the Old City in one of the buildings formerly occupied by the Knights Hospitaller. The building dates from 1440, when it was constructed by the Grand Master D’Aubusson. Rhodes has a long and fascinating history that stretches all the way back to classical times when the Colossus of Rhodes greeted visitors to the city. Here at the Archaeological Museum of Rhodes you will find many of the ancient artifacts that have been uncovered during excavations on the island.

One of the best known items from the museum’s collection is an amphora of Fikellura style dating from the 6th century B.C and featuring depictions of animals below the handles. An attic amphora shows the departure of a warrior, which reflects the constant conflicts of the period around the 6th century B.C. A grave stele of Krito and Timarista that has been dated to between 420 and 410 B.C shows two female figures wearing traditional clothing and embracing. A stone head of the god Helios, provides interesting information about Rhodes’ Hellenistic period. There are several rooms in the museum that are dedicated to specific sites on the island and feature fine statues and mosaics.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 8 am - 8 pm.
Church of Our Lady of the Castle

5) Church of Our Lady of the Castle (must see)

The Church of Our Lady of the Castle is a Byzantine gem and one of Rhodes most popular attractions. Built sometime in the 11th century, it was used as the Orthodox Cathedral of Rhodes under Byzantine rule and the Latin Cathedral under the Franks. In addition to the Byzantine features, there are also some Gothic elements that were added at a later date. When the Ottomans took over Rhodes from the Knights, the church was converted into a mosque, but fortunately, the original design of the construction was maintained. During Ottoman rule, it was called the Enterum Mosque and the bell tower was converted into a minaret.

During Byzantine times, the church was a single domed and one-aisled structure. It was later expanded, under the tutelage of the Knights of Hospitaller, and the noteworthy bell tower was added. In the 14th century, a monastery was added to the church grounds. Within the grounds of the church there are also the remains of a Doric Temple of Athena Polias – this fascinating site features intricate carvings and should not be missed. The interior of the church has many frescoes and paintings that are hundreds of years old and which pertain to different eras of its patronage.
Street of The Knights (Ipoton Street)

6) Street of The Knights (Ipoton Street) (must see)

The Street of the Knights is located in upper Old Town. It is one of the most popular, famous and historical streets in this part of the city. It runs for about 600 meters, and it was where knights lived and worked in years past. It was well restored by the Italians in 1913-1916. The street is straight, and tall buildings border either side. Knights used to live, pray and train in these buildings. The view of street is majestic and will transport you back to medieval times.
Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes

7) Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes (must see)

The Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes is a palace that was built in the 14th century by the Knights of Rhodes, who occupied Rhodes from 1309 to 1522. After the island was captured by the Ottoman Empire, the palace was used as a fortress. The original palace was largely destroyed by an ammunition explosion in 1856. When the Kingdom of Italy occupied Rhodes in 1912, the Italians rebuilt the palace in a grandiose pseudo-medieval style as a holiday residence for Victor Emmanuel III of Italy and later for Benito Mussolini, whose name can still be seen on a large plaque near the entrance. On February 10, 1947, the Treaty of Peace with Italy, one of the Paris Peace Treaties, determined that the recently-established Italian Republic would transfer the Dodecanese to the Kingdom of Greece. In 1948, Rhodes and the rest of the Dodecanese were transferred as previously agreed. The Greeks converted the palace to a museum.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Mosque of Suleiman

8) Mosque of Suleiman

The Mosque of Suleiman in Rhodes is an immense pink-colored mosque that was built by the sultan in 1522 to celebrate the victory of the Turkish over the Knights Hospitallers. The Knights had established themselves in Rhodes in 1307 and their possession of the island was confirmed by Pope Clement V in 1309. The newly crowned Ottoman sultan Suleilman, however, led naval attacks on Rhodes and the vastly outnumbered Knights fled, taking only what they could carry. As many conquerors are wont to do, this huge religious site was built over the remains of the destroyed Christian Church of the Apostles and it is the largest of all the mosques in Rhodes.

The building was re-constructed in 1808, following damage, and its striking minaret sadly had to be removed in 1989, as it was deemed unsafe. However, to this day the rose colored stone exterior and classic Ottoman style is striking and adds significantly to the ambiance of the Old City. The Mosque of Suleiman remains one of the major landmarks of the city of Rhodes. Although it is currently closed to visitors, pending restoration, you can appreciate its design from the street. The mosque is conveniently located right across from the old Turkish Bazaar.
Walls of the Medieval City of Rhodes

9) Walls of the Medieval City of Rhodes

The Medieval City of Rhodes is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is internationally recognized for its abundance of Byzantine, Crusade and Ottoman architecture and history. The medieval city is surrounded by a 4 kilometer fortified wall that covers a surface area of 8,611,128 square feet and was built to protect Rhodes from attack by sieging foreign empires and corsairs who sailed the water of the Mediterranean and Aegean during the Middle Ages. The old city was fortified under the Knights Hospitallers who occupied Rhodes between 1309 and 1522. The massive city walls were long considered to be impenetrable, but they finally yielded to the Ottoman Turks at the beginning of the 16th century.

Along the wall, there are several bastions and towers that can be visited. Each of them includes fascinating features and brings Rhodes’ ancient military history to life for the visitor. You are able to enter the Old City through one of the eleven gatehouses along the walls. There are cat walks and ramparts along the top of the city walls that were used by sentries keeping guard over the city and for defense during attack. There is an entry fee, but you can climb up into several of the towers and walk along the walls, all the while imagining you are a medieval knight.
Municipal Garden of Rhodes (Sound and Light Show)

10) Municipal Garden of Rhodes (Sound and Light Show) (must see)

The Sound and Light Show in the Municipal Garden of Rhodes is one of the island’s most popular tourist attractions. It is a one of a kind event in Greece and provides an excellent introduction to Rhodes’ colorful history. The event combines drama, light and sound to produce a show that is of great educational and entertainment value for all the family. There are ancient myths and legends relating to Rhodes that are included in the spectacle along with recreations of some of the most dramatic historic events on the island, including sieges by the Ottoman Turks against the Knights Hospitaller. Along with important historic periods, several Rhodes landmarks tend to feature heavily in the performance; among them, the Palace of the Grand Master and the Tower of Suleiman.

The event does not run all throughout the year, but tends to be held from May to October each year, during the warmer months. It has been held annually since 1961 and has continued to grow in atmosphere and spectacle, as well as popularity, throughout the years. The venue has been renovated by the local government in recent years and it is shown in five different languages.
Eleftherias (Freedom) Gate

11) Eleftherias (Freedom) Gate (must see)

Eleftherias Gate is located in front of Simi Square and is one of the most popular gates among visitors of the city. This gate connects the medieval part of town with Mandraki Harbor. The gate was created after WWII by the Italians, who considered themselves as liberators of Rhodes. The Italians named the structure Freedom Gate.
Windmills of Mandraki

12) Windmills of Mandraki (must see)

The Windmills of Mandraki are located on the wave breaker of Mandraki Harbor in Rhodes. These medieval windmills were used to ground the grain that came from the commercial ships docking in the harbor. It is believed that there were once 13 or 14 windmills, but most of them have disintegrated over time. Three of these beautiful structures have been renovated and stand as majestic reminders of times past.
Colossus of Rhodes

13) Colossus of Rhodes (must see)

The Colossus of Rhodes was a statue of the Greek god Helios, erected in the city of Rhodes by Chares of Lindos between 292 and 280 BC. It is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Before its destruction, the Colossus of Rhodes stood over 30 meters (107 ft) high, making it one of the tallest statues of the ancient world. Ancient accounts describe the structure as being built with iron tie bars to which brass plates were fixed to form the skin. The interior of the structure, which stood on a 15-meter- (50-foot-) high white marble pedestal near the Mandraki Harbor entrance, was then filled with stone blocks as construction progressed. The statue stood for only 56 years until Rhodes was hit by an earthquake in 226 BC. The statue snapped at the knees and fell over onto land. Ptolemy III offered to pay for the reconstruction of the statue, but the Oracle of Delphi made the Rhodians afraid that they had offended Helios, and they declined to rebuild it.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Rhodes, Greece

Create Your Own Walk in Rhodes

Create Your Own Walk in Rhodes

Creating your own self-guided walk in Rhodes is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Acropolis of Rhodes

Acropolis of Rhodes

The Acropolis is located on Monte Smith in the city of Rhodes. Structures at this site date back to the Hellenistic period (3rd to 2nd century BC). The partially renovated structures at the Acropolis include the Temple of Pythian Apollo, the Stadium, the Odeion and the Nymphaia. The excavations and restoration work began during the Italian governance of the island (1912-1945) and continue today....  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles
Mandraki Harbor Tour

Mandraki Harbor Tour

Mandraki is one of the three harbors in Rhodes. It is famous, because it is believed that the great statue of Colossus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, once stood at the harbor entrance. Today the deer sculptures at the entrance, the St. Nicholas Fortress and a number of medieval windmills create a charming view of the harbor. Many boat trips to other nearby islands leave from here....  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 Km or 0.6 Miles
Medieval Town Landmarks Tour

Medieval Town Landmarks Tour

The medieval town of Rhodes is a world cultural heritage site. It is like an open air museum, as every street, square or building evokes a story about the city's ancient times. It is one of the best-preserved medieval walled cities in Europe and has 6,000 inhabitants. Take this tour of Old Town and visit the area's most notable landmarks.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles
Gates and Walls Tour

Gates and Walls Tour

The medieval walled city of Rhodes has been on UNESCO's list of World Heritage sites since 1988. Encircled by huge medieval walls, when you enter the city, you find yourself in a completely different world. Access to the city is provided by eleven gates, although not all of them are open to the public. Take this tour to explore the historical gates, towers, and walls of Rhodes, one of the...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles
Museums and Galleries Tour

Museums and Galleries Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 Km or 0.7 Miles
Historical Religious Buildings

Historical Religious Buildings

Rhodes has a great variety of religious buildings, many of which date back centuries. Mosques, Catholic churches, synagogues-- these places of worship have beautiful architecture and historic significance, in addition of offering religious services. Because of the close proximity to Turkey (18km), Rhodes is home to many mosques; fourteen of them are located in the old part of the city. Take this...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles