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The island of Rhodes is shaped like a spearhead, 79.7 km long and 38 km wide, with a total area of approximately 1,400 square km and a coastline of approximately 220 km.

The city of Rhodes is located at the northern tip of the island, and  Rhodes Old Town (walled medieval city),  as well as the site of the ancient and modern commercial harbours.

In 1988 the Medieval Town was designated as a World Heritage City.

The main air port Diagoras International Airport,  is located 14 km to the southwest of the city in Paradisi. The road network spreads from the city along the east and west coasts.

Throughout its long history the different people who settled on Rhodes left their mark in all aspects of the island's culture: art, language, architecture. Its strategic position brought to the island great wealth and made the city of Rhodes one of the leading cities of the ancient Greek world.

In ancient times, Rhodes was home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World - the Colossus of Rhodes. This giant bronze statue that once stood in the harbour was completed in 280 BC but was destroyed in an earthquake in 224 BC. No trace of the statue remains today.

In 1309 the Byzantine era came to an end when the island was occupied by forces of the Knights Hospitaller. Under the rule of the newly named "Knights of Rhodes", the city was rebuilt into a mDolphinsodel of the European medieval ideal. Many of the city's famous monuments, including the Palace of the Grand Master, were built during this period.

In 1912, Rhodes was seized from the Turks by the Italians, and in 1948, together with the other islands of the Dodecanese, was united with mainland Greece.

Historical sites on the island of Rhodes include the Acropolis of Lindos, the Acropolis of Rhodes, the Temple of Apollo, ancient Ialysos, ancient Kamiros, the Governor's Palace, Rhodes Old Town (walled medieval city), the Palace of the Grand Masters, Kahal Shalom Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter, the Archaeological Museum, the ruins of the castle of Monolithos, the castle of Kritinia and St. Catherine Hospice.

 

 

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