Welcome again to this section of the site where we discuss The Medieval City. On this page I want to mention The Knights Castle in Rhodes, what it is and where it is.
Now when we say the word ‘castle’ I think we automatically think about a huge old stone fort type of establishment. Well I know I do. We imagine Kings and Queens with their Knights on horseback rushing through the big open metal doors and advancing to battle.
The Castle of the Knights in Rhodes though (in my opinion) is more of an area within The Old Medieval Town which is referred to as the Knights Castle.
There are eleven different gates that will get you in and out of the old city. One of them is called the Liberty Gate, and this is the entrance that will lead you into the Knights Castle. You will find it located on the Mandraki Harbor side of the Old City.
The Liberty Gate itself was actually opened during the Italian occupation of the island in 1924. It is named ‘Liberty Gate’ as the Italian forces regarded themselves as the force that liberated the island of Rhodes from the Turkish rule.
The Temple Of Aphrodite
As you walk into the old city through the Liberty gate, you will be in an area known as Symi Square. Right opposite you, you will find the ancient ruins of The Temple Of Aphrodite. This site dates back to the 3rd century BC and was built at that time to honor the love and beauty Greek goddess.
For me personally it is quite sad to see these ruins. What was once a temple, lies now in dust and I think it is a tragedy that the site (and other sites) could never be spared.
Although you cannot actually walk around this small area (it is sealed off) you can get close enough to appreciate the old ruins and the fallen columns. There are also information boards there for you to read and this will paint a better picture for you.
The Municipal Art Gallery
If you look around 180 degrees from The Temple Of Aphrodite you will see The
Municipal Art Gallery Of Rhodes. There are actually two floors to this building – The
Ionian Bank is situated on the ground floor and the art gallery is on the first floor.
This museum is a wonderful place to visit and you will find a lot of paintings inside from famous Greek painters.
I will be talking about the museums more in depth in a different and specific section on this website. So do not worry! 🙂
As you keep walking past the Municipal Art Gallery and the Temple Of Aphrodite, you will find yourself going slightly uphill approaching an archway. On the right side you will see a beautiful stone made fountain.
In this square you will find some of the oldest of structures in the entire Knights Castle area. These days, these older buildings are used as establishments for Archaeology and History.
The Church Of The Knights
As you pass under the archway from the Argyrokastro Square the road opens up into a wider area and you are then entering the area of the Church Of The Knights.
This is a very old structure dating back to the 12th Century. This is also the area from which the adjacent Street Of The Knights is located which will take you up to The Grand Masters Palace! In this area you will also find a huge structure which was originally the Knights Hospital. The is now home to The Archaeological Museum.
Now, I want to tell you (and I appreciate the fact) that me sitting here and telling you about this area does not bring it to life.
The Medieval City as a whole and The Castle Of The Knights really is a breathtaking place, and the history, well, what to say – you can touch and feel it.
Most of the photographs which you can see on this page (and on a lot of this site) I have taken myself. These photos of this area you see here I took in the winter time as it is quiet. This way you can appreciate the area more without a lot of photos with people in the way 🙂
I hope they give you a little of an idea of what it is like here!
Well, you know, maybe you have been here? Maybe you also have photographs of these places? I would love to see them, and if people do not mind sharing them, maybe I will set up a gallery. I will see what kind of response I get first 🙂
Please let me know if you have any questions or something you would like to share. I would really love to hear from you all!
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