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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  • Forget the Greece of blue striped white houses. Here you enter a veritable fortress that guards the ancient Rhodes. A visit is recommended
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  • Grand building with amazing huge rooms and a mysterious atmosphere! Walk through the huge halls and smaller rooms and feel like a cardinal with robes swishing through the long corridors and sitting on...  more »
  • A beautiful place to visit but explore the back alleys away from the tourist trap restaurants and shops to get good photos and a real feel for the palace. Some of the restaurants and shops are so over...  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 (!?).
  • Impressive staircase and large bricked rooms. Friendly and informative guides. Buy as part of the package of tickets, valid for 3 days (although I didn't rate the Decorative Arts Museum very much as it is last just a large hangar of a room with plates, albeit nice plates, and a loom - which didn't permit any photographs even without flash)
  • Absolutely worth the money! Very nice to see and very big. Not worth it if you don't like to know how it looked back then, but if you're interested, it's a must.
  • Okay. Too little information. People working there speak very little English and it seems they don't know much about the place. The palace was rebuilt/restored around 1940s and it has a lot of different styles or eras in one place. The price is 7 euros for the palace alone. You can't use your camera in many places as it is forbidden. Impressive building but remember it is NOT 700 years old.
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