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The Colossus of Rhodes

The Colossus of Rhodes

The Colossus of Rhodes is one of the famous Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It was built between the years 292 and 280 BC, to commemorate the successful outcome of the war against the troops of Demetrios Poliorcetes (The Besieger), one of the epigones (epigoni) of Alexander the Great. ...


August 15: Religious holiday is the perfect excuse for Greece to throw a grand party

August 15: Religious holiday is the perfect excuse for Greece to throw a grand party

Religious festivals and saints’ days in Greece are always a big deal. They bring families together – the younger members of which are often named after their elder relatives – reinforce the bonds of local communities, resuscitate age-old traditions and buttress the people’s faith. They can also serve as excellent ...


The Greek Orthodox Easter

The Greek Orthodox Easter

Easter (Pascha in Greek) is the most sacred and most dramatically celebrated religious feast in the context of the Greek Orthodox Church(1), full of rituals and customs, many of them originated long before the beginning of the Christian era. Those lucky enough to be traveling in Greece during Easter, ...


The Knights of Rhodes

The Knights of Rhodes

In 1309 a Genoese adventurer, to whom the Byzantine emperor had given Rhodes as a feudal property, or fief, sold the island to the Knights of the Order of St John of Jerusalem, who then quickly spread their control across the islands of the Dodecanese (with the exception of Astypalea, ...


Lindos: Getting around

Lindos: Getting around

Lindos swarms with tourists in the summer months, all thronging to see this most picturesque of Rhodian villages. Lindos is set into a hillside and is flanked by several wonderful beaches, three harbours, the sublimely lovely St Paul’s Bay to its south, and the awe-inspiring Acropolis and Knights’ castle atop ...


Rhodes guide (part II)

Rhodes guide (part II)

The town of Rhodos is located at the most northern point of the island. Mandraki is the town's old seaport, now mainly used as marina. In its entrance, you can admire the two sculpted deers that stand out and opposite there are the old picturesque windmills and Saint Nikolaos's firehouse. ...


A short Rhodes guide (I)

A short Rhodes guide (I)

Rhodes (also Rodos or Rhodos - Ρόδος in Greek - more about the name) is the largest island of the Dodecanese and the fourth largest in Greece. Let's start this short Rhodes guide by providing some geographical data. The island covers an area of 1.398 square meters and a population ...


The castle of Monolithos

The castle of Monolithos

The castle is located near the village of Monolithos at the summit of the tall, craggy rock, dominating the view. It's a bit far from the main tourist attractions of Rhodes to reach, but it's totally worth it! You can drive to the foot of the cliff, park your car ...


28th of October National Day of Greece

28th of October National Day of Greece

October 28 is a National holiday in Greece celebrating the ΟΧΙ (No) Day – the refusal of Greece in 1940 to accept the italian ultimatum advanced by Benito Mussolini, to allow the Italian fascist troops to enter the country and the following successful military campaign, defeating the Italian troops ...


Rhodes: what’s in the name

Rhodes: what’s in the name

Ρόδος, Rodos, Rhodes, Rhodos, Rodi, Rodes: they're all names of the same island - and its capital - in different languages. Many believe that the name originates from the Greek word rhodon (ρόδον)¹, translated to rose in English, as there are a lot of roses on the island and the ...

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