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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  • Really enjoyed wandering around here. Lots of things to see and enjoyed. Loved the huge courtyard. Very well set up for the tourist visits.  more »
  • Spent over 3 hours here, totally worth the entry fee and the artefacts and mosaics are very impressive going back thousand of years. Good COVID regulations as well with mask wearing and social...  more »
  • An existing place!!! Don’t miss. One can actually feel the history reviving in the corridors, rooms and the whole building. Exiting fortifications, terrific gates and yard and beautiful mosaics.  more »
  • This left such an impression on me. What a wonderful building. So rich is history. Be prepared to spend at least 4 hours to fully enjoy it. There will be a lot of walking a stairs to climb. These building unfortunately we not built for those with limited mobility. I love coming to this place .
  • We visited here while on a cruise holiday. We were able to get of the ship and wander around the town. This area was really nice to walk about and enjoy looking at the buildings etc
  • Very impressive building. Turns out it never really resembled its current configuration until after the Italian occupation during the 1930's. They spent a lot of money fixing the place up. It is strikingly elegant. Only the mosaic floors, all hijacked from elsewhere, are described in any detail.
  • Was a nice place to visit to get a break from the heat off the day. Be careful with small kids though as there were some open stairways with long drops. Overall very interesting and full of historical artefacts was a very pleasant place to spend an afternoon.
  • Really awesome, well worth the walk. There are stairs with no handles etc, but they really weren't bad, you just have to watch for uneven steps. But I would definitely recommend going.

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