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. Using our world travel planner, Rhodes Town attractions like Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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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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  • Amazing place to imagine how people lived so long ago! Everything is so well preserved! We enjoyed every room without crowds.  more »
  • All part of the tour with a very knowledgeable tour guide. Time free afterwards to wander on our own.  more »
  • We paid 6Euro each to enter the building besides that there was no guides to direct us to points of interest or even find our way around, we found an exit so we entered the building and walked around ...  more »
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  • Great piece of history (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) You can walk around the castle for €6 PP (brilliant price). some younger age groups get in for free. The palace is nice inside and has been preserved very well. If you're in Rhodes Town it's worth a visit to kill an hour or so. Lots of cats. My only problem with this place is that it's very hard to find the palace entrance depending on where you approach the city walls from. It's also a little dangerous with unfenced edges that lead to very high drops. Be careful, especially with young children.
  • Very impressive heavily restored castle. Interesting exhibits especially on the ground floor (entrance from the right corner of the interior square) on the ancient hellenistic period of Rhodes with good explanations in English. The upper floor rooms are vast but almost not documented so it is not easy to put everything in the right (time) perspective without a guide. Only 6 euros entrance is well worth it.
  • Amazing place with such an important role in the history of Greece. The rooms are spectacular and the exhibits are pretty informative.
  • Definitely worth it, not too expensive and really nice to see the rest of the old town after.
  • The most impressive palace I've seen! Don't miss it :)