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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  • Built in the 14th Century by the Knights of St. John, this impressive palace/castle overlooks the Old City of Rhodes. Beautifully reconstructed (with the help of Mussolini's minions in the 1930s) it....  more »
  • Visited as part of a cruise excursion. Interesting history. Mosaic from prehistoric times on floors in most rooms. Decorations in rooms range in age from the period of the knights to modern times.  more »
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  • This left such an impression on me. What a wonderful building. So rich is history. Be prepared to spend at least 4 hours to fully enjoy it. There will be a lot of walking a stairs to climb. These building unfortunately we not built for those with limited mobility. I love coming to this place .
  • Wonderful historic building with amazing architecture. The price of €12 entry for 4 places is well advised. The palace has some incredible old and interesting artifacts on the ground floor exhibition. However do not let the high stone staircase put you off going up stairs. The huge rooms with mosaics, furniture , views from high windows are quite remarkable and give you a feel of the size of the building.
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