Welcome once again to your tour of the island, and today I want to tell you a little about Monty Smith in Rhodes (also referred to as Mount Smith, Agios Stefanos Hill and The Acropolis Of Rhodes).
Why is it named Monty Smith? What is the history that stands behind it? Where on the island can you find this relaxed and peaceful location?
Well in actual fact, Monty Smith is located just south of The City Of Rhodes (approximately 3 km) and in all honesty it is a pleasant walk should you be willing to tackle the inclined streets to get there.
You can of course opt for a taxi or a bus if you prefer an easier time, but trust me, the walk and the fresh air is worth it if you want to head there from The City.
So where does the name Monty Smith originate from?
During the war with the Turkish in 1802 a place of observation was needed to keep a
lookout on the movements of Napoleon and his fleet in the Mediterranean Sea.
This area was a perfect place to set up this lookout point due to its elevation on the island (it is the highest point in the city), as from here you have a clear view of the waters on both sides of the island as well as the city itself.
Standing on Monty Smith allows you to see far out to the west over the area of Ixia, and on a clear day you can see Turkey with ease. On the other side you have a great view of the east coast which covers all of the port areas on the island.
General Sydney Smith was the British Naval Admiral serving at this time during the French Revulutionary War between 1792 and 1802, and assisted in countering the French attacks in the Mediterranean Sea.
He did this with success and it was later said by Napoleon later in his life that Smith was the reason he missed out on his destiny. For this reason the area is named after him.
Watch The Video And Learn About The History Of Monte Smith
So what can you find here?
Here you will find an ancient stadium with dates back to the 2nd Century BC. It is 200 meters in length and 35 meters wide and you can really feel the history here.
There is stone seating all the way around and at the end of the stadium you can see where the people of a higher status would have sat to enjoy the festivities that took place all them years ago.
It has been kept in very good condition and in my opinion has had restructuring done over the years. In the old days it would have been used for games and entertainment, and even today there are concerts held here during the summer months.
I go here a lot to take in the beautiful clean fresh air, get some exercise and to take some photos, some of with I have included here for you to see.
Sitting next to the Old Stadium is the small theater which has been constructed of marble.
This is a beautiful setting and has been reconstructed and has a fresh look to it.
Again this is used nowadays for small concerts and I have seen it in use by people offering classes and education. It is also said that in the old days it was used for the same purpose but not so much for entertainment events. It was utilized more for rhetoric classes.
The Temple Of Apollo
Standing proud on top of the hill at Monty Smith you will find the Temple Of Pythian Apollo. This temple dated back from the 5th to the 3rd Century BC and it was excavated by the Italian occupation between 1912 and 1945. The Greek Archaeological Service took over from there.
During World War 2 the site suffered extreme damage due to bombing which in my opinion is really tragic. Such a lot of history was destroyed.
From the ruins, they have been able to rebuild some of the sections in part, but now only remains on the north-east side are still standing. As it is at the moment, the structure is protected by scaffolding to prevent further damage and loss.
On saying that, the area really is worth visiting. If you love history and do not mind the sun, then it can really be a pleasant experience.
Me personally, I love visiting this area as the sun is setting. You can stand there and watch the sun slowly disappear behind the Turkish mountains and enjoy the bright red rays lighting up the sky. It is quite special.
Just remember, that this location carries a lot in the way of a historic feeling, and although the temple has suffered a lot of damage, it really is worth seeing.
It is a popular spot for the tourists and buses filled with people come and go on a regular basis. It is with good reason too. So do not miss out on this 🙂
I hope you have found this area of some interest, but naturally if you have any questions or comments then feel free to let me know. Just leave them in the comments area below!
Have you visited this amazing place and have something to share? If so, I would love your opinions!
I look forward to hearing from you all and I hope you enjoyed the photos!