When we talk about the Greek cultures 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 (one of the Seven Wonders Of The Ancient World) stands tall in the history of Rhodes and is also considered part of 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).
Also, when mentioning literature, Julius Caesar was known to have visited Rhodes in order to study Philosophy among other Romans!
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 culture and traditions section. Names such as Philiskos, Chares and Aristonidas may stand out when talking about sculpture. Chares in fact is documented as being the name behind the building of The Colossus! back in 280 BC.
The Rhodian Way Of Life
True Rhodian Greeks are known for being kind and friendly. 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 this though, the Rhodians are known to be very warm and good people. 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 will be surprised to learn that although these millions of tourists frequent the island on an annual basis, a lot of true Rhodians prefer to be out the of 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!
The 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 example, you can see small houses which were built by the Turkish years ago and a lot of these can be found on the west coast of the island just south of Rhodes Town! 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. There are concerts held, dancing and exhibitions take place which are all well worth seeing should you be given the opportunity. So, whatever takes your fancy, there is always something in the way of Greek customs, culture and traditions that you will really enjoy
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!
Well, let’s get you started on your Culture and Tradition tour.
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