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Old Town

Old town is a medieval fortress town of such historical value that it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988. The old town of Rhodes is contained within the 4km of defensive walls that the Knights of St John built on Byzantine fortifications. Within the walls lie the remains of Hellenistic , Roman, Byzintine, and Moorish buildings, all locked within a medieval warren of lanes and alleyways. The knights of Saint John fivided their city into two enclaves.In the higher nothewestern section lay the collchium, the castle in which stood the Palace of Grand Masters, theadministrative buildings and dwellings of the Order. The rest of the town was the Hora,or Burg, where the merchants and working populationlived.

Today the Collachium incorporates the carefully preserved monumental buildings of the Knights, impressive, but slightly sterile,museum pieces. It is the Hora, the Lower Town, that captivates with its dark sandstone and limestone buildings,occasional walls vivid with ochre and sea blue paint,and crammed within a tangled web cobbled lanes,many of which are braced throughout their lengths with flying arches intended to minimise earthquake damage.everywhere, tree-shaded squares and courtyards punctuate the maze.No building replicates another amidst this marvellous scrabble of josting houses,dilaidated mosques,tiny Byziantine churces,ancient Foundations,Ornamentaldoorway.

Ippoton Street

the famous medieval street of Ippoton is a set-piece Italian restoration of the enclave created by the Knights of St John as their main thoroughfare.

Ippoton is a beautiful urban street, a portrait in warm stone and close-knit cobbling.It descends to the east from the entrance gate of the Palace of the Grand MAsters and has a formal stilness that is barely relieved during the day by clusters of visitors listening with hushed intent to their tour guides.The buildings contain splendid interiors , but most are occupied by municipal and cultural organisations and are not open to the public, unless by special agreement.

Dhmotika Loutra (Public Bath)

The hammam, or Turkish bath, is the most tangible legacy of nearly 300 years of Turkish influence on Rhodes.Known officially as the Municipal Baths, the much renovated hammam is one of only two working complxes in Greece. the exterior of the buildings is unremarkable, but inside are all the hallmarks of Moorish hydromechanics-underfloor pipes that carry the water which is heated by olive wood fires-side chambers with wash sinks and marble floor slabs, and the star-pierced dome above the central hot room.the baths are very clean.Bathers are naked and the baths are used by men and women on alternate days.


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