ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES AND Museums in Rhodes
museums of rhodes
1. The Palace of the Grand Master (Byzantine Museum)
Walking up the street of the Knights, at the top and to the right is the Grand Master’s Palace which also serves as the Byzantine Museum. Opposite the palace amongst the ruins from different historical periods, one can determine the ruins of the Catholic Church of St. John.
The Grand Masters Palace was built below the Acropolis of Ancient Rhodes where originally the Temple of the Sun God stood. In the same place, in the 7th century, there was also a Byzantine Palace, and then in the 14th century the Knights of St John built the palace as the residence of the Grand Master as an administrative center. It was destroyed in 1856 by a large explosion of gunpowder that was hidden in the basement of the of St John Church.
The Grand Masters Palace was then rebuilt according to the original drawings by the Italians in 1940. In 1988 it hosted the summit of the EEC. It occasionally holds exhibitions and major cultural events.
2.The Archaeological Museum of Rhodes
The Hospital of the Knights was built in 1440 and completed by the Grand Master d’ Aubusson (1476 – 1503).
This monumental and bioclimatic designed building now houses the Archaeological Museum of Rhodes, which exhibits archaeological finding from different parts of Rhodes and the surrounding islands.
3. cHURCH OF PANAGIA TOU KATSTROU
The original core of the building was probably built in the 11th century AD. After Rhodes was taken by the Knights of St. John and between the year 1319 and 1334 the Byzantine church was converted into a Gothic basilica. During the period of Ottoman rule, this church was turned into a Muslim mosque (Enterum Cami).
4. The Decorative Arts Collection
The Decorative Arts Collection includes objects from the Ethnographic Collection of the Italians, the Folklore Archives of the Dodecanese with donations, seizure and excavations of the Archaeological Service Dodecanese, reflecting the elegance of the inhabitants of the island in modern times. The collection includes costumes, embroidery, woodwork, metalwork and pottery objects. Among them are the specimens of pottery of Nice (16th – 19th centuries), Armenian dishes from the Kutahya houses, jugs with decorations of monstrous figures, local pottery samples from the villages of Rhodes, plus 19th and 20th century European Origin ceramics, woodcuts and other objects. An important place held among the exhibitions, are the female costumes from Symi, Astypalaia, Karpathos, Nisyros, Tilos, Halki and Embona in Rhodes
5. The Museum of Modern Greek Art
Includes collections of paintings and engravings representing Greek art from the 20th century’s distinguished artists,numerous sculptures, drawings and documents. These collections describe the history of Greece over the last hundred years.
It includes organized exhibitions of 20th century Greek art from nationwide and international talent, innovative artistic inventions in nature, reports on prominent Greek and foreign artists, historical documents/reports and other visual arts of Dodecanesian origin. (http://mgamuseum.gr).
Housed in four buildings:
Address: G. Haritou Square, Hundred Palms, Rhodes 851 00, Greece
Phone Number: 22410 43780 – 82
Nestoridion Melathron- New Building
Address: Paola Nestoridou Street (ex Ko Street) – Rhodes 851 00, Greece
Phone Number: 22410 25780
Museum of Modern Greek Art (Art Gallery)
Address: Symi Square, Medieval City, Rhodes 851 00, Greece
Telephone number: 22410 23766 and 22410 36646
Museum of Modern Greek Art- Syssitio
Address: Sokratous Street, Medieval City, Rhodes 851 00, Greece
Telephone number: 22410 36646
6. The Aquarium of Rhodes or Hydrobiological Station of Rhodes
Located on the Northern tip of the island it was built by the Italians in 1934. In 1937 it began working as a research unit called the Royal Institute of Marine Biology of Rhodes, (Reale Instituto di Ricerch Biogiche di Rodi).
Since 1947 following the incorporation of the Dodecanese to Greece it has operated under the supervision of the Academy of Athens as Hydrobiological Institute. Then since 1963 it has worked as a museum, aquarium and a scientific research unit for the Mediterranean.
7. Hostel of St. Catherine (Hagia Aikaterini) of Modern Greek Art
The Hospice of St. Catherine was built in 1391 – 92, under grand master Heredia, by the Italian Domenico d’ Allemagna, admiral of the Order of the Knights of St. John (Knights Hospitaller). The foundation charter of the Hospice in 1391 states that it was founded in the burgus of Rhodes, near the walls at the gate leading to the mole? already known as the Gate of St. Catherine from 1465. The situation of the building draws the eye, as it projects into the axis of the high street; the salient part carries the coats of arms of 1516.
The Hospice, exclusively intended for eminent guests of the Order, was already in use from 1394-95; at this date traveller Niccole de Martoni described it as beautiful and splendid, with many handsome rooms containing many and good beds.
In the hostel of St. Catherine operate exhibition areas which exposed the restoration work of the building, one bedroom representation of Knights era and ancient deserts from the surrounding area.
8. THE JEWISH MUSEUM OF RHODES
The Jewish Museum of Rhodes opens for the first time in 1997. Aron Hasson ,attorney, from Los Angeles and Rhodian third generation, is the founder and the one who inspired the idea of creating a museum. He noticed the lack of awareness for the unique history of the Community of the local community and visitors to the island. So as a first step in October 1997, on his own initiative and funding, opened its doors to an exhibition with photographs in the space next to the Synagogue, where was the women’s section.
At the same time he founded the Foundation Rhodes Historical Foundation, a nonprofit organization that was used as a vehicle to promote this goal and started collecting photos, stories and material objects from Rhodians from abroad but also from various other sources from around the world as donations for the continuation of the purpose.
Also created a website to be a resource for people interested in the history of the Jews of Rhodes and those planning to travel to Rhodes. Gradually, the motivation and the economic contribution of the Community and individual donors Museum extended its area tripled and after repairs in 2006 reopened with renovated a number of interesting exhibits.
9. THE BEE MUSEUM
This exceptional Museum of Apiculture and Natural History of Greece, offers to the visitors the chance to live a unique experience to see, the wonderful world of bees, through transparent observation hives, they can learn the tradition and history of beekeeping in Rhodes and the process of making honey.
10. RHODIAN HOUSE
Every year on June 23rd the revival custom of Klidonas takes place at this traditional Rhodian house.
11.Preserved Traditional Settlement Koskinou
The traditional Koskinou settlement consists of houses with colorful facades, beautiful gardens with typical Rhodian pebble floor designs (chochlakaki), traditional interior wall designs of ceramic plates and woven wall carpets that fascinate its many visitors. Located in Koskinou Village center, the restored house revives the tradition, art and nobility of the people.
12.Mineralogy and Paleontology Museum
This shows a collection of minerals and fossils from Greece and around the world. They include samples of Laurium, copper and lead minerals, rocks, petrified logs and fossilized plants. In separate displays you can find fossilized marine organisms from earlier times.
13. TOY MUSEUM
The Rhodes Toy museum is situated just outside the village of Archipoli. Nestled amongst olive groves, it is surrounded by mountains and pine forests. The museum was built with our stunning natural environment in mind, therefore it is completely powered by solar energy.
In the museum you can find an exhibition of toys, all made in Greece, from the period 1930 until about 1990. Wind up tin toys, battery operated cars, board games, Greek Playmobil are amongst the big collection of toys that are shown in the main exhibition hall.
The basement is made as a ‘Games room’ with arcade coin operated machines dating from the sixties until the nineties, including a pinball machine, jukebox and Pacman. These machines are in working order and can be enjoyed by the visitors of the museum.
Beside the exhibition there is also the opportunity for children to play actively
14. The Cultural and Geological Palace of Rhodes
A fascinating museum, cultural items, a wealth of mosaics, statues, and artwork relating to Greek mythology.
15. path of gods
Path of Gods is housed in a building combining medieval architecture with modern design. It was built to house and shelter replicas of artifacts. Beside Path of Gods there is an excavation that started in 1976 and was completed in the 1990s in an area of 1000 square meters dating back to the Hellenistic Period. Today we present to the public the Rhodian history and culture through replicas of ancient war engines, ancient technology and ancient toys. In Path of Gods you can enjoy a 20-minute HD movie showing the history of ancient sports and rhodian Olympic winners. Come to experience a journey of 2500 years in 40 minutes!
16. folkore museum of lardos
The curator of the museum is Panagiotis Loukaras. He is well known locally as a respected historian and author, and is an expert on the local history of the area.
15. path of gods
The Astronomy Cafe opens on the 9 of May 2022. ASTRONOMY CAFE – SELF SERVICE. OBSERVATORY Price : Adults 10 euro Children from 7 to 12 years old 7 euro, Duration 25 minutes. The waiting period varies according to the number of customers. How to find us: Coming from the highway Rhodes Town to Lindos you pass some traffic lights, after the road to Faliraki Centre and the St. Nektarios Church and about 150 meters away you find the next set of traffic lights where you branch off left and continue the street on the right. Pass Evi-hotel and a small Roundabout. Continue about 350 meters then go right towards Liberia-hotel, on the left there is a Tennis court. After about 650 meters you will find a crossing (Profitis Amos Church) here take the middle street way, so you will find after 250 meters two yellow buildings. Passing by take the street right hand up the hill. Then turn left.
14. Rodos Nature – Folklore Museum
Featuring an interesting collection of farming implements, guns, tools, ancient artefacts and much more, this cosy little museum offers an insight into the life of locals and history of Rhodes. For nature lovers, the museum also has samples of native and non-native plants which the owner will for sure share some interesting facts about.
archeologigal sites in rhodes
1. Ancient kamiros
2. ancient stadium of rhodes
3. lindos village
4. ancient city of filerimos
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