5-8 October, 2011
Rhodes has a long and fascinating history. It was the site of yet another of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Colossus of Rhodes, erected around 280BC, standing 100m tall. It stood for only about 50 years before it collapsed after an earthquake in 226BC.
Rhodes was also for centuries the main base of the Knights of the Order of St. John who set up a hospital for injured crusaders here.
It is a wonderfully atmospheric experience to wander the cobblestone lanes of the Old Town (within the magnificently preserved mediaeval city walls). You can visit the building where the hospital wards were located (now the Archaeological Museum), the Palace of the Knights, and the very atmospheric “Street of the Knights”. The latter is remarkably well preserved arcitecturally, with most of the original buildings surviving (e.g. the auberges of the “lingua” i.e. meeting places for crusaders of the same language – Spanish, French, English, Italian etc, the Inn of the Knights, the Palace at one end and the Hospital at the other).
“Costa Fortuna”? I don’t doubt it.