Welcome to this section of the site which is assigned to discussing The Medieval City in Rhodes.
This location is one of the most famous and visited places on the island. If you ever have the pleasure of seeing it with your own eyes, you will understand why too 🙂
When we say the words ‘Medieval City’ it would be natural to think of a small old town, abandoned and left in ruin. Maybe you would expect a small wooden stall located here and there to buy an old artifact or souvenir?
Well you could not be more wrong.
The Medieval City in Rhodes is one of the most amazing places and it is full of life. In fact, a lot of people actually live inside the city to this day, some of them even occupying apartments and dwellings that housed The Knights Of Saint John during their stay here all them centuries ago.
Alongside this, there are businesses open so people can come and enjoy the Old City to the maximum.
There are shops, restaurants, places to stop and they all line the main streets. All these occupy the ancient structures that make up the Medieval City and it really is quite a thrill to be part of it all.
So if you are expecting a quiet place, you are in for a surprise!
Do Not Be Afraid To Explore
Now, without wanting to put you off, this is not the easiest of places to navigate. This
is why I have left you a map towards the bottom of this page.
There are a couple of hundred streets (approximately) inside The Medieval City alone, and it can be very easy to lose yourself.
Do not be afraid. You will love it.
In fact, you will have a better time losing yourself in the ancient streets than you will looking at the highlights. Thousands of people visit this location every year, and I would say most of them pass through only seeing maybe 10% of what is there.
Some of the old back streets really do take you back in time, and to miss them would be insane (in my opinion). I think it is great to have an Old Medieval City which is full of life, I like it, but the offbeat tracks (as always) allows you see the city as it once was, a truly amazing experience.
The Division Of The Town
The Town was actually built as two sections, and these sections are still in place today. There is the upper town and the lower town. These are also known as the Northern section and the Southern section.
The Northern part of the city was named the ‘Collachium’ and the Southern part ‘Chora’ during the presence of the Knights and they occupied the Northern ‘Collachium’. The Southern part was also referred to as ‘Bourgo’ and is the largest of the two sections.
Socrates Street runs from the middle of the city straight through thus separating the two parts. In Greek, it is named as ‘Sokratous’
Just off ‘Sokratous’ there is an adjacent street named ‘Lachitos’ and in the olden times, this was the location where communication was allowed between the Northern and the Southern sections.
In the Collachium you will find structures such as The Palace Of The Grand Masters and The Knights Castle. Also in this part you will find many amazing structures including The Knights Order’s apartments, The Street Of The Knights and different churches.
In the south (or Chora) you will find it a lot more quiet than the North. There is a lot to see however so do not miss out on this. The Southern part of the city was home to the Greeks and many other different nationalities that resided and had work there centuries ago.
Watch The Video For Some Great Views In The Medieval City
The Hustle And Bustle
If you are looking for the high life in the Old Medieval City then you will need to find
your way onto ‘Sokratous Street’. Entering the city through the Marine Gate, you will be greeted by the beautiful Ipokratous Fountain.
From there you will see the main street that stretches up all the way to Sulieman’s Mosque and the clock tower – Socrates Street!
As in the old days too, this is where you will find the hustle and bustle of the old city. People out looking for the best deals, businesses owners trying to haggle with you, a friendly atmosphere and the beauty of Medieval Rhodes right before your eyes.
As you can see, I have put a map here for you to be able to use and take a look around. Click the “View Larger Map” button to get a better look, and you can also zoom in and out if you prefer.
There is a lot to see and do in the Old Town and there are some more options below for you to go to the different sections of the city.
I know for sure that The Medieval City strikes a positive note with most people that visit. Have you been here to see it for yourself? Maybe you are planning a visit and would like more information.
Either way I would love to hear your thoughts. Leave me a comment below and I will get right back to you.