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Summer vacations are the most wonderful time of the year, right? I think that everyone or every family has their own unique holiday routines. My husband and I, we love going on a vacation to a sunny destination for a great warm weather. The tan from these destinations always fade but the memories last forever. This time round, our prefered  holiday  destination was to the Island of Rhodes.

Its location on the major sea routes, has given the Island many different identities, cultures, architectures, and languages over its long history. It is ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday. The islands special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, makes it a perfect holiday destination.  After our excursion to Lindos, we were interested to visit The Medieval Old Town of Rhodes.

 

Our excursion with a guide started around 10 A.m.  Encompassed with tall defense walls, The Medieval Old Town of Rhodes is a huge place to explore. The walk around the outside wall was very beautiful, mostly parks and stopping points to overlook open walking area with grass, walking paths and trees. The City has 11 gates and each gate has its own beauty. Everything outside of the walled city is called the new town.

Travel is the Only Thing you Buy that Makes you Richer.” Audrey Hepburn

 

 

We had to wear comfortable shoes because most of the streets are cobble streets. This was from our experience from before. They say, “Experience is the best teacher.” The city is one of the rare survivors of the medieval world. In 1988, it was declared a World Heritage Site. The feeling of exploring the medieval streets of Rhodes is difficult to put into words. It was like walking and listening to the whispering voices of History.

In medieval times, the town of Rhodes was divided by an internal wall in two sectors. The northern quarter, was where the administrative buildings, the hospital, the cathedral, and the residences of the Knights and the Grand Master were to be found. The houses of the laity, the street market, synagogues and churches were gathered in the southern quarter. The old buildings feature amazing architecture and designs.

Definitely, it was interesting to visit The Palace of the Grand Master of the Order. We really admired the Palace. The Gothic architecture is captivating and breathtaking.  Inside the Palace, there are impressive collections of tombstones, paintings, statuary, jewelry, books and mosaics.

The great churches in the Medieval City are very interesting. Some of them were later used as mosques in The Ottoman period. To visit either the churches or mosques, conservative clothing is required. I also learnt that the Greek people are very religious.

After exiting though the main gate, then we walked across to the harbor. This was another interesting walk with a perfect view of the Castle. Finally, it was about time to call it a day with a Greek meal.

 

Tips

  • Be culturally sensitive for example  it is better not to visit churches or monasteries in skimpy shorts or tops
  • Avoid peak season
  • Always ask for local wine

Thank you for stopping by and stay positive! 

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