Rhodes, the sunny island

Saturday, 18 June 2011 - 02:41 pm (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
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Maltan Knights Castle in Rhodes City © Polimerek

Maltan Knights Castle in Rhodes City © Polimerek

Rhodes is a Greek island approximately 18 kilometres (11 mi) southwest of Turkey in the eastern Aegean Sea. It is the largest of the Dodecanese islands in terms of both land area and population, with a population of 117,007. Administratively the island forms a separate municipality within the Rhodes peripheral unit, which is part of the South Aegean Periphery. The principal town of the island and seat of the municipality is Rhodes. The city of Rhodes had 54,000 inhabitants. Historically, Rhodes was famous worldwide for the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The medieval Old Town of the City of Rhodes has been declared a World Heritage Site. The major industry is tourism.

In 305 BC, Antigonus directed his son, Demetrius, to besiege Rhodes in an attempt to break its alliance with Egypt. Demetrius created huge siege engines, including a 180 ft (55 m) battering ram and a siege tower named Helepolis that weighed 360,000 pounds (163,293 kg). Despite this engagement, in 304 BC after only one year, he relented and signed a peace agreement, leaving behind a huge store of military equipment. The Rhodians sold the equipment and used the money to erect a statue of their sun god, Helios, the statue since called the Colossus of Rhodes.

The old lighthouse of St Nikolaos at the Mandraki Marina © Mouras View of the west coast and the town of Ialysos, seen from the Mount Filerimos © Mouras The Acropolis of Lindos © Jolle Olive grove © Karelj Old Town Gardens © Petra Pospisilova Lindos Villages © Böhringer Friedrich Kallithea thermes (spa) © Petra Pospisilova Filerimos © Petra Pospisilova Church in Sianna on the west coast © Petra Pospisilova Church in Lindos © Petra Pospisilova Aghios Archangelos Church © Stefan Krause Rhodes night view © Plamen Matanski Rhodes Harbor Gates and Lighthouse © Wojsyl The Castle of Monolithos © Karelj Maltan Knights Castle in Rhodes City © Polimerek
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View of the west coast and the town of Ialysos, seen from the Mount Filerimos © Mouras
In 164 BC, Rhodes signed a treaty with Rome. It became an educational center for Roman noble families, and was especially noted for its teachers of rhetoric, such as Hermagoras and the unknown author of Rhetorica ad Herennium. At first, the state was an important ally of Rome and enjoyed numerous privileges, but these were later lost in various machinations of Roman politics. Cassius eventually invaded the island and sacked the city.

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