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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  • Very nice but as everywhere it lacks explanations! It is better to this get a book on Rhodes to follow
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  • This was an amazing place to see especially on a hot day as the inside of the palace was dark and cool.  more »
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  • Fascinating exhibits with some interesting artifacts on display from several eras. Contrary to one review on here there was one guide in particular who spoke very good English and who had excellent knowledge. There was information in each section, but some previous knowledge of Greek history is useful. A little on the small side but you can easily spend an hour or more walking around the building. Not bad for 6 euro. 10 euro buys you a 3-day pass into other museums and galleries.
  • Beautiful building and well worth the 6€ to visit. I got there early on a Saturday (around 9:30) and there were almost no other visitors. Crowds were coming in at 11:00. Would have liked more information in the different rooms. Never been to a museum with so little information about what you're seeing. The museum shop was closed which was disappointing. I even went back later but still closed and no explanation why. There are toilets in the museum but no locks on the doors (!?).
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