Welcome back to your island tour, and now, let’s dive into a bit about Monte Smith in Rhodes, also known as Mount Smith, Agios Stefanos Hill, and The Acropolis Of Rhodes.
So, what’s the reason behind the name Monte 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, Monte 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.
Monte Smith In Rhodes: The History Behind the Name
Amidst the war with the Turks in 1802, there arose a crucial need for an observation point to vigilantly monitor 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.
When you stand on Monte Smith, you can easily see far to the west over the area of Ixia, and on a clear day, Turkey is clearly visible. To the east, you get a fantastic view of the coast, covering all the port areas on the island.
General Sydney Smith was the British Naval Admiral serving at this time during the French Revolutionary 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. This is why the area bears his name..
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What Awaits You At Monte Smith In Rhodes
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.
The area remains in very good condition in my opinion, considering it has undergone restructuring over the years.
In the past, people used it for games and entertainment, and even now, it hosts small concerts 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.
Monte Smith In Rhodes: The Theater
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 Monte Smith you will find the Temple Of Pythian Apollo. The temple, dating back from the 5th to the 3rd Century BC, underwent excavation by the Italians during their 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, archaeologists have partially reconstructed some sections. However, at present, only the remains on the north-east side still stand. Consequently, the structure is currently safeguarded by scaffolding to prevent any 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.
Monte Smith In Rhodes: Overall
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.
Have you visited this amazing place and have something to share? If so, I would love your thoughts!
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I look forward to hearing from you.