Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, Rhodes Town

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Part of Rhodes' world-famous medieval old town, Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes 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. Put Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes into our Rhodes Town trip builder site to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Rhodes Town.
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  • The well-kept place family and the experience was very good. Desirable would be there were signs-signs that explain the various venues.
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  • A visit not to be missed! Children do not pay a ticket. For adults is €6 and worth. On the ground floor there is an exhibition of archeological objects without extra charge. If you have the ability to go with tour guide will be ideal because you hang around in dozens of rooms and you don't know what an amazing place. There are no markings to know what served the Hall etc.
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  • Palace of the Grand Masters, in which lived the Knights Hospitaller, is a beautiful building inside and out. The entrance is at the gate with two semicircular towers on a combined ticket for 10, 0 euro (also applies to the archaeological museum and two other sights). In the Palace, it is possible to admire. a beautiful sculpture with the priest and his sons Láokoónem, ancient mosaics, a massive cross-vaults and other sculptures in the courtyard. From the Windows of the Palace, which offers a pleasant climate, mainly in the summer, it is a beautiful sight on the walls and the Castle moat. A walk in the old part of the city of Rhodes is a more suitable sports shoes with moulded soles.
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  • Do not waste your time and money. You pay €10 to enter into a large court yard and 1 exhibits hall, which is no larger than a football field. There are multiple other doors, even glass doors, that it looks as if you should be able to enter into but you are not allowed. When we visited there were men going into some of these other rooms so naturally all if the guests tried to follow. You could at least glimpse at one more room full of artifacts before they shooed you away.
  • A medieval masterpiece, completely restored to its former glory. A large palace, huge defensive walls and battlements, a tremendous moat, all can be visited in foot. The Old City within the walls is also wonderful, particularly the Knights’ Street with its Order Houses lining it. In my opinion it’s the one “do not miss” site in the whole of Greece.
  • Spectacular place with a rich history. 6 euro admission for adults, free for young kids. Can't bring a stroller inside so parents may want to go for a walk around the palace instead. This is just as awesome. Remember to hydrate because it gets really hot. There is lots of small shop that sells snacks and drinks around the palace.
  • Very beautiful and the mesh of history and different cultures is palpable and fascinating. Do read a few wiki articles before visiting because the explanations there are more than lacking. DONT wear heels!!! Also besides the museum, everything is for free so it's worth it
  • Stunning architecture, such a beautiful building inside and out. From the masonry to the marble staircase and all the lovely room's with the mosaics, it's a must visit.

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Where to stay in Rhodes Town

Rhodes Town boasts arguably the greatest variety of lodging options in the Dodecanese, offering everything from budget-friendly inns catering to backpackers, to luxurious private villas for the well-heeled globetrotter. For more local atmosphere, explore the hotels in the old town, where you can find an affordable room if you book well in advance. Alternatively, look for accommodations in the new town, where spacious rooms cost less and provide a good base for exploring the island's many beaches and ancient sites.
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