The Historical Center and Street of the Knights in Rhodes

The Street of Knights in Rhodes

The Street of Knights in Rhodes ©christian_grimm/Flick

The medieval Historical Center of Rhodes is represented by the Old Town of Rhodes which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List as one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe. The old town has narrow streets paved with round stones placed in sandy soil, and the way they are made is particular to this area.

The Street of the Knights is the most attractive and most interesting street in the Old Town of Rhodes. In the early sixteenth century this street has become the favorite place of inns of every nation in part, a place that housed the Knights of St. John.

The Historical Center of Rhodes

The medieval Historical Center of Rhodes is a town with about 200 nameless streets, so there is a possibility that you get lost. In this case, you can ask for the Sokratus Street, a main street of the town of Rhodes.

The Old Town of Rhodes

The Old Town of Rhodes ©Paul Stephenson/Flick

The Street of the Knights is a medieval relic being a 600 meters long a paved street that once led from the Acropolis of Rhodes to the harbor. A tourist attraction in this region is the Knights Palace which was destroyed in 1856 due to an explosion and was rebuilt in 1930 to accommodate Mussolini during the Second World War. An attraction of this medieval fortress is the Simi Market, where you will find narrow streets with many merchants offering their wares insistently, which are usually of good quality, especially leather items, bags or clothing items.

The Street of Knights in Rhodes

The Street of Knights in Rhodes ©juliemacnam/Flick

The Street of the Knights

The inns on the Street of the Knights were used as resting places for food but also as temporary residences for visit the high society. The facades reflect the architectural aspects of each country. Among the famous inns we mention the Italian Inn built in 1519, the Palace of the Villiers family, the Inn of France built in 1492, that currently houses the Institute of French. Across the road was the Knights Hospital, where today you can visit the Museum of Archaeology.

The Street of Knights in Rhodes

The Street of Knights in Rhodes ©christian_grimm/Flick

Today the Street of the Knights is completely renovated and is surrounded by structures which were the locations of the holy warriors where they spent time praying or doing military training. The Knights Street stretches from the New Hospital-Archaeological Museum to the Palace of the Master, where is the French Battalion Cabana, one of the most beautiful structures on the island.

 

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