SAMUEL DAVID BRAVO

photography

Ρόδος

Rhodes, Greece
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May 2011

Rhodes is the largest island in Greece's Dodecanese region. It was once home to the Colossus, a statue of Helios and one of the seven wonders of the world. The city harbor is a highly fortified gothic medieval town, which stands out architecturally from the other Greek islands.

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From the 1300s to 1500s, the order of the Knights Hospitallers used Rhodes as their headquarters. During that time, they fortified the city, fought the Barbary pirates, and outlived invasions led by both the Sultan of Egypt in 1444 and Mehmed the Conqueror in 1480. The Knights did a good job fortifying the town, and most of their constructs are still around today.

As we walked around the town, I noticed that the surrounding walls and the medieval architecture gave me the feeling of being in the Middle Ages.

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Out on the harbor, we found a few boats selling goods from the sea. These floating markets were a lot of fun. Some shops sold sponges, starfishes, and seashells of every variety.

The horseshoe shaped harbor has a narrow entryway towards the Mediterranean. On each side of the entryway there is a bronze deer upon a pillar facing out towards the sea. This was my favorite location of the trip. I would love to walk again along the pier out to that point, sit under the statue and enjoy the ocean view.

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Overall I found Rhodes to be a very enjoyable town and I quite liked its unique architecture. I wonder if the Colossus shall be rebuilt someday. If so, I would like to return for another visit.

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