Philerimos Church and the Palace of the Knights
Our tour begins at the Acropolis of Rhodes, just
outside the city. It dates from the Classical Greek
period and sits proudly on the hill of St Stephanos.
We wander through the ruins of the Hellenistic Temple
of Apollo with its impressive columns. Below is the
restored Ancient Stadium of Diagoras and theatre. The
stadium once hosted games in tribute to the sun-god
We then head for Philerimos, one of the great tourist
attractions of the island. The beautiful Monastery of
Panagia Philerimos is located on a hill above Ialyssos,
one of the three Rhodian cities that participated in the
Trojan War. The Monastery, accessed by stone steps
surrounded by Cypress trees, is dedicated to the Virgin
Mary the Life-Giving Source and unusually is Gothic in
style. It was built in the 15th Century by the Knights of
We also take time to visit the Byzantine Church of St
George Hostos with its rare frescoes depicting the
Knights. The church is also home to the ‘Golgotha’ a
series of copper reliefs depicting the Passion of Christ.
We return to the capital Rhodes to learn more about
the Knights, where they lived and how they were the
last bastion of Christianity in a region dominated by
the Ottomans who eventually captured the island in
1522. In the Knights’ Quarter we visit the magnificent
Palace of the Grandmaster also known at the Kastello.
This too was built in Gothic style.
This is one of the most atmospheric and intriguing
areas of Rhodes, where we delve into the very heart
and soul of its history.