Welcome back to the Medieval City tour and also a warm welcome to The Palace Of The Grand Masters In Rhodes – A truly magnificent landmark!
As you reach the top of The Street Of The Knights and enter under the archway, you will be standing at the highest point of the Castle, or Kastello area as it is commonly known.
Standing here in all its glory on the right side is the beautiful and amazing Palace Of The Grand Masters.
Back in the times of the occupation of The Knights Of Saint John, this palace was used as a headquarters for legislation, organization and governmental purposes. It was also the Knights stronghold (or fortress). This was more commonly known as The Knights Acropolis.
Originally it was built back in the 7th Century as a Citadel, and it has seen a lot of action since then.
It was damaged in 1481 by an earthquake which occurred at 3 am on May 3rd. This
caused a lot of water damage due to a tsunami that took place which affected nearly 30 thousand people, many of which lost their lives. The Knights made the repairs to the palace after this event and continued to operate from there.
During the rule of the Ottoman Empire, the gunpowder that destroyed the Church Of Saint John in 1856, also caused a lot of damage to the palace as they are located opposite each other and at a close vicinity. Many of the areas on the first floor level were completely devastated! (You can see more on this on The Street Of The Knights Section)
The palace was actually used as a prison by the Turkish during the initial stages of their rule on the island.
After the Italians arrived on Rhodes, an architect by the name of Vittorio Mesturino made renovations and rebuilt some of the damaged areas. This took place between 1937 and 1940. The palace went on to be a place for Benito Mussolini to stay during his holidays and if you ever visit you will clearly see his name on a large plate at the entrance.
In 1948 and after the Italians departed, Rhodes was transferred to the Dodecanese Islands and The Palace Of The Grand Masters was made into a museum. It is still a museum to this day and millions of people come from all over the world every year to see this fabulous structure.
When you walk onto the grounds of the palace, you really do get that feeling of going back in time.
The decoration is very luxurious and exuberant and includes beautiful mosaic flooring and gorgeous statues.
There really are no words to display the beauty and magnificence of the Palace Of The Grand Masters. Because of this I have put a photo gallery here for you to see. I hope this offers you some insight into just how special this location is.
Have you ever been to Rhodes and seen The Palace Of the Grand Masters for yourself? If so, I would love your thoughts and comments.
If you have some photos of your moments here I would love to see them (if you do not mind to share of course). I am considering utilizing a section of this site to share your memories here. So, something to think about 🙂
I hope this section as offered you a taste of what the palace has to offer, and if you have not seen it with your own eyes, then you should!
Please leave your comments below with any thoughts or questions you have and I will get right back to you. I love hearing from all of you.
Thanks for reading.
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