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Rhodes, Greece

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Rhodes is the largest and most easterly island of the Dodecanese, an archipelago in the south of the Aegean Sea. Rodos in Greek, Rhodes is said to be the sunniest place in Europe, with an average of 300 days of sunshine a year. This ancient harbor is where the famous Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, once stood. To visit Rhodes today is to step back five centuries in time to some of the most colorful events in myth and history, while enjoying all the splendors this very proud island offers.

Begin your journey in Rhodes Town on the Street of the Knights, which winds its way to the Palace of the Grand Masters. Witness the many inns, some of the richest and most impressive buildings in Old Town, where knights once resided in communities based on language. Indeed, most of Old Town is medieval, however, venture further west and you'll find remnants of the ancient Acropolis, 2nd-century ruins, and three columns from the old Temple of Apollo.

This distinctive mount rising 1,000 feet above sea level offers incomparable vistas of the island and the sea. Here you'll find the ancient hilltop town of Ialysso and the Church of our Lady, which was built on the ancient Greek temple dedicated to the goddess Athena and over early Christian catacombs.

On a rocky hill above the village of Lindos, the Acropolis of Lindos stands as a portal to an ancient time. The construction of this medieval temple, fortress and shrine to Athena Lindia began as far back as 1100 B.C. In the spacious arcade, the last remaining columns reveal where the Temple of Athena, the leading sanctuary on the island, once stood. Steps to the top reveal breathtaking views of St. Paul's Bay and the whitewashed houses and narrow streets of the delightful village below.

In the boulevards of the Old Town, discover fine pottery, leather goods and painted vases. Jewelry is everywhere and you'll find authentic antique reproductions along with contemporary gold and silver pieces. Savor some local olive oil, homegrown fruits and vegetables, and well-reputed Rhodian wine. Tour Sokratu Street for the best shopping and cuisine choices on the island.

Inhabited since prehistoric times, the island of Rhodes attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world, to view the most well known ancient sites in the Dodecanese. The town's character is greatly influenced by Italian architecture, and this well-preserved society still maintains its charm of a medieval town with Venetian and Turkish influences.

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