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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  • Built in the 14th Century by the Knights of St. John, this impressive palace/castle overlooks the Old City of Rhodes. Beautifully reconstructed (with the help of Mussolini's minions in the 1930s) it....  more »
  • Visited as part of a cruise excursion. Interesting history. Mosaic from prehistoric times on floors in most rooms. Decorations in rooms range in age from the period of the knights to modern times.  more »
  • Originally built as a citadel in the 7th Century, it later was occupied by the Knights of St. John. During that time, it became the home of the Grand Master of their order, until they were displaced.....  more »
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  • 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 .
  • Wonderful historic building with amazing architecture. The price of €12 entry for 4 places is well advised. The palace has some incredible old and interesting artifacts on the ground floor exhibition. However do not let the high stone staircase put you off going up stairs. The huge rooms with mosaics, furniture , views from high windows are quite remarkable and give you a feel of the size of the building.
  • I had three wonderful days inside the castle. All historical and protected. There are many museums and amazing spots you can feel the atmosphere. The whole old city is surrounded by the walls and it is bigger than the black castle:)
  • Such an amazing palace with so much history. It has all been very well preserved, even if it is only an Italian rebuild. The architecture is unlike anything I have ever seen. The collection of relics from the region is impressive. Definitely worth a visit, although I would recommend doing a little research so you know what you are looking at. I agree with some of the other reviews that there is not a lot of explanation as you are walking through the palace, however a lot of it speaks for itself.
  • Very impressive and well worth a visit. It is within the walled old town of Rhodes, which has to be one of the best examples of Byzantine fortifications you will ever see. If in Rhodes make a point of visiting as there is such a lot of things to do and see within this historic town.
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