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Palace of Grand Master of Knights, Rhodes Town

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Part of Rhodes' world-famous medieval old town, Palace of Grand Master of Knights exists as one of the few remaining examples of Gothic architecture in Greece. Built by the Knights of Saint John, a Christian military order which controlled Rhodes from 1309 until 1522, the imposing palace features fairy-tale towers, ramparts, and more than 150 rooms. Remarkably undamaged during the Ottoman siege of the island in the 16th century, the palace suffered massive damage in 1856 when a nearby ammunition storage site exploded. Restored by Italian architect Vittorio Mesturino in the 1930s, the palace then served as a vacation home for dictator Benito Mussolini. Today the palace houses a museum noted for displaying well-preserved Hellenistic and Roman mosaic floors. Using our world travel planner, Rhodes Town attractions like Palace of Grand Master of Knights can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • A big palace you can explore. There a lot of greek restaurants, and shops. The food is not that expensive. Then you have some bars as well inside of the palace.  more »
  • Here is another interesting island that one person had to come sathuk rhodolite, here is the first one here is that there are people still lived together is actually the people who live here are home to the surrounding walls, the middle section of the city, many shops, the tourist people have come to take a wander around the shopping.
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  • In travels to the Castle, you feel the need to jump in time and to become a Knight. I would like to have a little more furniture to make it even more effective the transfer in time. Awesome it would be to have actors dressed in clothing of the time to make that work in Castle:)
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  • Massive sight and some very interesting exhibits. Currently a Nelson exhibit which I enjoyed. Easy to spend a few hours exploring here and a low entry price.
  • Magnificent place to visit when in Rhodes! It can take one whole day visit if you are one of the ones who easily get lost in narrow streets of a ancient old town.
  • Such a well preserved castle. Short descriptions of exhibits and areas of the castle. Worth the 6 euros entrance fee.
  • Looks fabulous from outside. You should definitely visit this when you're in Old Town. We didn't buy a ticket for inside, I think it doesn't worth 6€ per person.
  • Huge disappointment! You only get to see about a dozen rooms in the castle with mosaics on the floor and barely anything else. You are forbidden from nearing the windows or even thinking about the awesome castle defense walls or the high places which I can only imagine have spectacular views. Go see if you have a weird mosaic fetish... Or visit the much better Arheologic Museum.