So what do you think of the island of Rhodes as it is today? Have you visited to see it for yourself? Maybe it is on your list of things to do? 🙂
In this summary of the modern times section I want to briefly discuss the island over
the last one hundred years up to the present day!
Naturally in the last one hundred years a lot has happened (which probably does not surprise you considering the history here) but lets take a little closer look and briefly discuss the way of things.
After the Turkish occupation which ended in 1912 the Italians seized and occupied Rhodes. The Rhodian people actually cooperated with this strategy and they were hoping soon to be integrated as part of Greece.
To this day you can see clearly the influence of the Italians with the structures, and in all honesty the previous generations too!
The Knights of Saint John, the Turkish and the Venetians have all left their mark here and this is what makes it the wonderful place it is today!
The Italian Commander
It was during this time that Mario Lago (The Italian Commander) instructed the building of the islands first hotel. He wanted to increase the tourism on the island and in 1924 work began on the hotel that would be called the Grand Hotel Roses.
The Casino was officially opened in 1927 and a little later 3 more hotels were built in the center of the town.
A lot of work was also commissioned to restore the Palace of the Knights, Filerimos and the Lindos Acropolis. Also, there was a lot of building work and construction made to the harbor. All of this was done to make the island more attractive to potential visitors.
During these times the Italians treated the Rhodians very well and showed them compassion and consideration. Later though, Italy suffered a rise in bureaucracy and fascism thus leading to huge developments and changes in policies throughout the country.
Because of this, the Rhodian people were refused the right to stand alone.
This went on to cause a massive defiance to the conquering country and after the triumph over the Axis of World War 2 (Hitler, Mussolini and Emperor Hirohito) Rhodes came under British policy until 1948 (March 7).
On this day the Greek flag was raised and allowed to fly proud above the Governor’s Palace!
Tourism increased drastically when Rhodes and the other Dodecanese Islands were
integrated as part of Greece. This is because all the ports were declared tax-free and items such as alcohol and cigarettes were incredibly cheap.
This of course led to a massive influx of people wanting to visit at this time!
Then came the 1960s and after the on location filming of the movie hit ‘The Guns Of Navarone’, Rhodes was on the international stage! Rhodes was considered a prime location for holiday makers and the first flights started coming in from the early 1960s.
Today you can still visit Anthony Quinn bay, this bay refers to the actor Anthony Quinn, who bought the land here during the filming of the movie.
Rhodes Of Today
Since these times the island has prospered. The tourism levels are high and the
island has a magical beauty that can never be forgotten once you experience it. It
has been said it is in the top five locations worldwide as the choice for a holiday destination!
So what do you think? Are you tempted for a visit? Maybe you have been here before to this amazing place and have something to share?
Either way I would love to hear from you all. Leave me a comment below and I will get back to you 🙂