When we talk about the Greek culture and traditions of Rhodes what do they cover? I am sure many of us think about the food and the clothing etc. Are you the same?
Even the famous throwing of the plates in the Greek restaurants for example can spring to mind 🙂
But this is not all it covers, far from it in fact!
We can discuss different areas such as literature, the arts, customs and even manners.
The Colossus of Rhodes, a majestic symbol among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, not only stands tall in Rhodes’ history but also significantly contributes to Greek culture.
So much so, that some people who visit are still under the impression it is standing, whereas it was actually destroyed in an earthquake back in 226 BC.
Additionally, in the realm of literature, Julius Caesar, among other Romans, notably traveled to Rhodes to study Philosophy.
There is so much in the way of Greek cultures and traditions it can be difficult to find a starting point.
It runs deep into the history of Rhodes!
We could also go on to discuss sculpture and paintings within this Greek culture and traditions section.
Names such as Philiskos, Chares and Aristonidas may stand out when talking about sculpture.
Greek Culture And Traditions: The Rhodian Way Of Life
Genuine Rhodian Greeks are widely recognized for their kindness and friendliness.
They are also well-known to be very good when it comes to business and you can see this by the way the island has developed.
Look at some of the hotels on the island as an example and you will see the empires some of them have built.
Despite these challenges, Rhodians are known for their warmth and good nature.
When you visit the island, you will find yourself greeted by the highest level of hospitality.
Although millions of people from many countries visit the island every summer, this has not changed the Rhodian way of life.
Deep down the Rhodians like to live a simple life.
Family is important to them and this is something that will never change!
You might find it surprising that despite the millions of tourists visiting the island annually, many true Rhodians often choose to stay out of the way.
They go about their own business on their lands, be it farming, fishing and even keeping bees.
Some are still occupied by making their own carpets, pottery etc, and some of these ceramics can be found in the ceramic shops around the island.
There is more information on this on the Arts and Literature page!
Greek Culture And Traditions: Architecture on Rhodes
I would say the architecture in Rhodes is one of the key reasons why tourists flood the island every year.
Because of the history of the island and its past occupations you will find so many structures which can be related to the occupancy in which they were built.
For instance, on the west coast of the island, just south of Rhodes Town, you can find numerous small houses, remnants of Turkish architecture from years ago.
On the other side of the coin, you will find the grand structure of the Market Of Mandraki constructed by the Italians during their occupation!
Due to the many occupations and its history there are a range of differences in structures that can be found across the island!
Of course, we cannot forget the huge Acropolis of Lindos and the Medieval Town when we talk about architecture 🙂
But more about them later!
There is always something going on in Rhodes and you can be witness to these especially in the summer months.
Concerts are held, dances and exhibitions take place, all of which are well worth experiencing if you have the opportunity.
Come the winter time though, this is the time for peace and quiet.
After a hard summer there is nothing the Rhodians like more than to relax with their families and slow the pace down.
If you are looking for tranquility, then the island of Rhodes by winter is the place to be!
Let’s begin your journey into Culture and Tradition now.
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