Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, Rhodes Town

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Part of Rhodes' world-famous medieval old town, Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes exists as one of the few remaining examples of Gothic architecture in Greece. Built by the Knights of Saint John, a Christian military order which controlled Rhodes from 1309 until 1522, the imposing palace features fairy-tale towers, ramparts, and more than 150 rooms. Remarkably undamaged during the Ottoman siege of the island in the 16th century, the palace suffered massive damage in 1856 when a nearby ammunition storage site exploded. Restored by Italian architect Vittorio Mesturino in the 1930s, the palace then served as a vacation home for dictator Benito Mussolini. Today the palace houses a museum noted for displaying well-preserved Hellenistic and Roman mosaic floors. Put Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes into our Rhodes Town trip builder site to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Rhodes Town.
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  • It was interesting and a nice place but there wasn't much direction. You're left to your own devices. I'd advise to go early as some exhibits take longer than expected as they were closing up when we....  more
    It was interesting and a nice place but there wasn't much direction. You're left to your own devices. I'd advise to go early as some exhibits take longer than expected as they were closing up when we....  more »
  • I don't know where to start. I was so looking forward to visiting this amazing castle. I love history and castles and was keen to learn more about the castle. We arrived and the ticketing process... 
    I don't know where to start. I was so looking forward to visiting this amazing castle. I love history and castles and was keen to learn more about the castle. We arrived and the ticketing process...  more »
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  • The views from outside were more enjoyable than the actual experience. I enjoyed the plaques that explained more about the history. If you're a historian and enjoy these type of things, it may be worth paying the 8 euros to enter. I'm a seasoned traveler and would have preferred to spend those 8 euros on something else. The outside of this place is definitely the highlight (and free). If you are on a budget, you can definitely skip this exhibit. If you've got the time to kill and don't know what else to do, this is a decent option. They have bathrooms at the entrance which were decently maintained
  • By far my favourite attraction in all of Rhodes. The old city of Rhodes is an absolute marvel, I have never seen a medieval walled city so well-preserved and full of life. The Palace itself is similarly attractive: the castle seems almost unaffected by time as you walk around the perfectly preserved rooms and courtyard. The mosaics covering the floors are masterful in their design, not faded in the slightest. Visiting the old city and Palace is a must when in Rhodes.

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