DISCOVER RHODES ISLAND
Rhodes Island has been inhabited since the Neolithic period. Many nationalities and cultures have left their mark on Rhodes over the centuries including the Persians, Macedonians, Ptolemies, Seleucids, Romans, Venetians and Ottomans.
In 1988 UNESCO made the Medieval Old Town a world heritage site. There has been a city since 408 BC. Built at the northern end of the island sheltered by the mountains of the Turkish coast the harbours have been a trading centre for centuries.
Richard the Lionheart came to Rhodes in 1190 AD and the city as it stands today was rebuilt by the Knights of St John. The Knights finally bought the city in the 1300s AD.
All the influences of the many cultures have created the relaxed, diverse and cosmopolitan island that exists today.