Walking Tour in the Medieval City of Rhodes
Sometimes the best way of immersing yourself
completely in the history and atmosphere of a place
is to explore on foot. That’s exactly what we do on
this fascinating tour where we get to the very heart
of Medieval Rhodes and the compelling story of the
Knights of St John of Jerusalem.
We begin along the Street of the Knights in the
Old City. It’s one the best preserved medieval
We will see the buildings that were home to the
Knights, ranked by Order with the crests still in place
The purpose of the Knights originally was to provide
medical care for wounded crusaders but they soon
became a military order and fought off attempts by
the Ottomans to capture Rhodes (which they did
eventually). The head of the Order was the Grand
We visit the splendid Palace of the Grand Master, the
focal point and most important site of the Knights’
Quarter. This magnificent structure is also called the
Kastello is a fine example of Gothic architecture.
The Byzantine citadel was constructed in the 7th
Century, the palace itself in the 14th Century.
Where the palace sits today might have been the spot
where once stood the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the
Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Our tour also takes in the Mosque of Suleiman the
Magnificent, Turkish Baths, the Hospital of the Knights
and the Church of Our Lady of the Castle, which has
stood guard since the 11th Century.