The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 12: Rhodes Old Town

Join Thor and me as we revisit the Medieval walled city and the harbor of Rhodos Old Town, still bustling after 2500 years of rich history.

NOTE: Since our recent trip to Greece to research more settings for my novel-in-progress, THE ARIADNE DISCONNECT, Thor and I knew we had to return to this magical region. My first entry in this new blog series posted here on Saturday, 10/20/2018. It gives an overview of our rambles from Athens to seven islands in the Dodecanese and Cyclades groups, ending our ferry-hopping pilgrimage on the anciently sacred island of Delos.

The island of Rhodos has been inhabited since Neolithic times, with significant history for at least 2400 years. Since the island lies on major traditional shipping routes connecting Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, its culture and architecture have been a fusion of influences from those regions. Rhodos Town was established around 408 BC in the Classical Greece era, with ruins of temples within the Medieval walls and outside on an acropolis. The Colossus of Rhodes, a bronze statue reputed to stand 100-130 feet tall and one of the wonders of the ancient world, was erected near the harbor to celebrate Rhodian victory over the Macedonians in 305 BC. (It was made from the melted weapons of the besiegers.) It almost certainly did not straddle the harbor entrance, as portrayed in popular images, and sadly was toppled by an earthquake in 227 BC. Apparently it took 900 camels eventually to cart away the scattered remnants of the statue, which were melted down to make coins.

The entrance to the harbor today (top photo) is guarded by the town’s signature stag and doe atop high columns. Antique windmills used to catch the sea breezes:

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The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 12: Rhodes Old Town — 5 Comments

  1. The Laocoon is my favorite sculpture of all time. Sara forgot to mention the incredible deal I got from a street vendor in Rhodes Town; a Rolex watch with a yellow plastic band for five euros.

  2. Yes, I also love the amazing Laocoon. Seeing it in person takes your breath away. Thor didn’t tell you about the meltdown I had at the Vatican when our guide ushered us off the premises before I got to see that statue (the original from Rhodes). Thor said, “Take a deep breath,” then took me for beer and pizza, and then we bought more tickets to get back in and see the amazing collections the “guide” had steered us away from! And, yes, the yellow plastic Rolex from Rhodes was amazing — lasted the whole trip until Thor tried to reset the time back home…

  3. Sara’s meltdowns are usually remedied by food and some liquid. I am a father after all and know my way around meltdowns. And yes, when I got home and tried to change the time on my watch the stem came out. I guess even Rolex makes a lemon now and then.