Rhodes, Greece

by Liz

A ferry boat was taken from the port of Piraeus with car underneath ferry. It took an overnight ferry ride to go approximately 100 miles. This island is seven miles from the Turkish border in the Mediterranean.

It was under Turkish rule from 1912 until 1945 when the end of World War II gave Rhodes its freedom again. In Roman times, Rhodes continued to be cultural center where Romans came to be educated by famous teachers.

The port entrance, which now has two bronze deer, was the site of Colossus of Rhodes of ancient times. It also has three windmills from 1467 A.D., still in working order.

The island has beautiful beaches.

The Palace of the Grand Masters (Castle of the Knights) is an enclosure inside the walled town of Rhodes, a fort within a fort, which was the preserve of the rights of St. John of Jerusalem. The entrance and courtyard is a marble ballroom.

The medieval city had cobblestone paved lanes in encircled old town. The bridge-like braces are stays between the houses against earthquakes. The old walled city was my first medieval.

It had beautiful fountains, people feeding birds in squares. A fountain of a bronze seahorse was in another square. Aphrodite of Rhodes statue was in museum an original 200 B.C. (49 centimeters high).

It had an ancient stadium close to the city’s ancient theatre.

Lindos has the Temple of Athena, and the port of St. Paul. Lindos is half way down the east coast of the island of Rhodes. The temple of the goddess Athena was built in the 10th century B.C.

After the city of Rhodes was founded, it attracted the bulk of the island’s commercial activity, and Lindos remained as the religious and spiritual center of the island. The tradition was carried into Christian times by the landing of St. Paul at Lindos on his journey to Rome.

It was wonderful to see my first medieval city this old, and to walk the streets.

I have seen many, many more in my travels. The first seen is always the best.

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