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Museums and ancient Areas of Rhodes City


Archaeological Sights & Museums


 Attempting to guide you roughly through the where the main authorities not only of te island but of the whole perfecture are situated we identify that Rhodes is worthily of it's fame and tradition. It combines harmonically the natural beauty with beautiful statuew and oblations, monuments and architectural hereditament from ancient times
Unique interest attracts the " Old Town" which constitutes a live museum of historical and architectural moonuments. The medieval fortified walls that surround the old town , the Palace of Great Magistres , the Knights alleys, The Holly Mary of the castle , the musk of Suleiman, the watch and the gates of Abuaz.

Outside the fortified walls an important archaeological site is the hill of Saint Stefanos, or Monte Smith as it is called today. There, are situated the relics of the ancient acropolis of Rhodes, and the relics of temples of Zeus, Athina, and Pyhtoy Apollona and finally the ancient stadium.

Buildings since the occupancy of the Turks are except the churches, the Astiki Academy, The Kazoyleio School, the Amaranteios School the metropolitic manor and the post office.
Very impresive are also many buildings since the Italian occupancy such as the Mansion of the prefecture, the Church of Evaggelismos, The national Theater, The mayor's house, the new market, Aktaion, The bank of Greece, The staium of Diagoras, the venetokleio highschool, the old hospital, the center Elli, and the hotel " Rodon".
Beautiful places are also the park of Rodini with beautifl flowers and trees. In  ancient years Rodini Park used to be the rhetoric school of Aishinis.

Since the liberation of Rhodes the touristic development of thew island styarted and that resulted new habitants to come in the island from other different parts of Greece. A continous building construction started and as such the borders of the ne Rhodes city extended byond those of the ancient.

The area is placed among the central part of the very extended Rhodian nekropolis and comperatively in a small distance from the gates of the ancient town. In the same burial compound it is interesting that co-exist big graves for buying and small cases for the placement of vessels and the ashes of the dead. Very interesting is also the existence of subterranean pit. On the south side of the ancient sight there is a big fortified wall that was holding the upper level according to the habits of the Rhodian makers

The area was excavated from Italians archaeologists but a lot of thinks are still not discovered

The most important monuments are :

Big corner burial compound where there are configured vaulted graves for buying in sarchophagus and also orthogonal cases for ashes and vessels.


Monumental sculptured rock with configured gates.

Monumental wall from big limestones that hold the higher level of necropoli's hill.

Subterranean pit.

Subterranean burial chambers with representations of graves and gems of ancient tombs.

  Acropolis of Rhodes


Acropolis of rhodes was situated on the tallest place of Rhodes. It was a monumental zone, a place for worshiping, sanctuaries, subterranean areas and subterranean places for worshiping the gods.



The buildings were constructed gradually in different levels above opened and flat places and were held from sftronf walls. The spirit of the hellenistic architecture in Acropolis of Rhodes is reflected perfectly with the combination of natural beauty and artificial intervension. The monuments of Acropolis are since the hellenistic and post hellenistic period (3rd century -2nd century b.c.)

The excavations that were done from the Italian arcaheologic school during 1912-1945. The hellenic Archaeologic Service from 1946 and afterwards did a lot of excavations that helped in the identification of the area. Acropolis has not been excavated yet. There is an area of 1250 that Rhodians are not allowed to built in order the archaeological service to continue the excavations. Excavations stopped in 1946 and have never been started again.

A number of important errections have been done from the Italians according to the spirit of that period. Since 1945 and then after the departure of Italians everything remained the same.

The most important monuments of the area are:

Temple of Athina Poliada and Zeus Polieos

They are situated on the nothern hill of Acropolis. It has a direction from East to West. It was of doriean style limestoned and had a stoa with pillars on it's four outter sides. The nine huge vertebra part of the capital and the epistyle that are situated now on the ground signify it's monumental type. Rhodians were holding the treaties with other countries . The temple was placed among a wider temple that was appointed on the east from a stoa.

They are situated east and south of the walls of the stoa.

Northwest of the stadium there is an errected a small marble conservatory, IT had capacity for 800 viewers and was used for musicals, or as an area for lessons taught from famous Rhodian rhetors.

Temple of Pythioy Apoolona

It is situated on the south part of the hill,on the west side of a big orthogonal flat and open space. It had east to west orientation. It was limestoned pavillion but smaller than the temple of Athina and Zeus. The northwest side has been errected with 4 pillars and a part of the epistyle.

Stoic Construction

Today is saved the wall of the basis of the stoa which must have created a marvelous frontage visible from downtown and the ports.


On the northeast side of the same flat and opened place there are relics of other areas for worhiping. One of them seems to be for the worshipping of Artemis.


On the South east foothills there is a stadium with north-south orientation excavated and errected from the Italians. It was 201 meters long. Authentic parts that are saved in the sling, the seats of the formal guest and a few under the benches. It is also saved the seat where the mechanism for the start of the athletes was.


The gymnasium was situated on the east side of the stadium. It was discovered a part of the west side of the symnasium and recently the northeast side was discovered.Gymnasium was important for the art works that contained.


A very small library with remarkable writings mainle of rhetoric content was situated near the gymnasium and the conservatory according to an epigraph that was discovered.


Nekropolis of Korakonero -"RavenWater"


Inside the limits of the ancient town on the south east side of Rhodes are extended the limits of theancient burial grounds. Important role among them has the burial compounds of Korakonero that are aged at the post hellenic and roman period. At that point is observed a great variety in the Rhodian burial architecture. The graves are sculptured on a soft limestonen rock orug . The most luxury graves constituted from subterranean burial chambers with architectural frontages. In the interior the deads are placed in cses sculptured in the webs of the chambers.It has not been proven if the compounds belong to wealthy families or religious associations.

The burial compounds of Korakonero were discovered and errected from the Italian archaeological Academy before the end of the 2nd world war. The shrines and the pillars wre found form the Italians and were placed on the stands above the subterranean burial chambers.

The most important monuments are :

Burial compound ordered around the pristyle courtyard.

Embossed representation with shapes configured along the three sides of a sculptured rock that was a burial sanctuary.
 Burial compounds with above the ground configuration constituted from pedestals and groundworks for the placement of cylindric tomb shrines.

Compounds of subterranean chambers.

Vaulted made graves.


Rodini is a valley with rick flora on the south of the city. There is a gully which passes underneath the ancient bridge of krakonero. It is assumed that this is probably the way it was in the ancient times. Caves, decorated burial grounds and flora in the caves. The prk was a place for worhip, walks and entertaiment. It consists a particular sign of the architecture that was dominating the hellenistic period(3rd-=2nd century b.c.).

 The most important monuments of the area are:


A burial monument of great dimension, mausolius scuptlured on the rock of a natural hill. It has a square shape 28,50 x 28,50 with semi pillars on the four sides. In the inners side is constituted from a long anterchamber with relics from plasters and an orthogonal chamber. On the vertical sides of the chamber there are sculpture sheaths where the sarchophagus of the dead were situated.There three sculptured steps where the monument is based. Above the pillars there might was an architrave with triglypghs and metops.

Korinthian Grave

Burial compound sculptured on the rock with three subterranean chambers. The metop is contituted from semi pillars that alterate with blind gaps. The name of the compund is the one that leads us to the conclusion that are of korinthian type.

The area has not been excavated systematically , the benches and the shrines constitute representations of Italians 1924.




Aquarium of Rhodes

The building of the hydrobiologic station of Rhodes was built i n1934-1936. Since 1937 operated as Reale Instituto di Richere Biologiche di Rodi. In 1945 was reanamed as Greek Hydrobiolgic Institute and operated under the supervision of Athens Academy.Todayit operates as a museumand the research team belongs to the national center of marine researches.

Aim of the center is the maintenance and promotion of the embalment and live exibits(200.000 visitors a year). The visitors can admire Fishes,shells, Muraenidae, Serranidae, Mullidae, Sparidae, Centrachantidae, Labridae, Scaridae, Siganidae, Mugilidae, Scorpaenidae, Triglidae, Balistidae, Monacanthidae,and sea turtles.

There also also sharks, turtles, mditteranean seals and other kind of fishes. The research team operates as a prototype research team by performing oceanograpy and research programs covering all the area of dodecanese and aegean.


Demotic picture gallery of Rhodes


The demotic picture galley was created in 1962 from Andreas Ioannou researcher of Neohellenic art and Prefect of Dodecanese at that time. The Picture gallery of Rhodes is hosting today one of the most recent and representative collections of neohellenic art of the 20th century.

Those are works that marked the development of these painters, those art works were presented in international excibitions in foreign countries. The collection contains art works from Malea, Partheni, Kontogloy, Theofiloy, Hatzikyriakoy, Tsaroyhi, Morali, Kessanli, Spyropoloy, Vasilioy, Gika and others.



Ornamental collection of Rhodes

The museum is situated in a vault basement that constituted a part of the Knights arms depot.In the village are hosted european and middle east fretworks and vessels. The exibition is of 17th century.


Archaeological museum of Rhodes

Archaeological museum of Rhodes is situated in the medievalhospital of the knights. The construction of the building started in 1440 from Grat Magistre DE Lastic was completed in 1489 from Grat Magistre D'Aubusson.

The museum contains the following collection of monuments:

  • Burial collections from ancient Ialysia of geometrical , archaic and classic period: vessles, idols jewel and metallic objects.T
  • Burial collections from ancient Kamiros: vessels and other small object of archaic and classic period.
  • Collection of sculptures or archaic, classic, hellenistic and roman period.
  • Mosaic floors of hellenistic period from the city of Rhodes and paleochristianic from Karpathos.
  • Headstones from the Knight's Period with encombassed representations pf deades or their blazons.

The most important exhibits are:

Amphora of fikelloyron style of a rhodian atelier. Flowers under the handles of the amphora and representations of animals in the front and the back side of it. 6th century b.c.

Two koyroi without head from Kameiros. 550-530 b.c.

Ancient greek pot of a vroylia type of a rhodian atelier.6th century b.c.K

Melanic attic amphora with a representation of a warrior departure. 6th century b.c.

Headstone of Kritous and Timaristas. Two women are presented . Timarista with a robe and a mantle that covers her head hugs Krito who brings a robe and cloth and she has short hair. 420-410 b.c.

Headstone of Kalliarista. The dead is presented sitted, with robe and cloth that covers her head. The slave is holding a compass with her jewellery.350 b.c.

Marble head of an athlete. 4th century b.c.

Marble head of Helius a unique piece showing the hellenistic barok 25-160 b.c.

Statue of a naked Aphrodite, metaplasia of doidalsa type around 1000 b.c.

Copy of a portrait, possibly the comedian poet Menandros.

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