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Today we arrived at Rhodes, The Island of the Sun and 4th largest island in Greece, where the sun shines more than 300 days per year. We were fortunate to be greeted by Nikos, a taxi driver who offered to show us around on a private tour of the highlights of the island for 130 Euro. First stop was near 'The Deers' a pretty spot on the harbour, the significance of the Deers was to protect the harbour. Nearby was the Metropolitian Church of the ...
Arrived in Rhodes where the people appropriately chose Helios, the ancient God of the sun with 300+days as their divine patron & 4th largest island in Greece, also known as the Island of the Knights. We were fortunate to be greeted by Nikolas a taxi driver who offered to show us around on a private tour showing us the highlights of the Island for €130. First stop was near 'The Deers' mounted on stone pillars built by the Italians to protect ...
The earliest written references come from the Book of Maccabees and the Jewish historian Josephus Flavius.
They were required to convert to Christianity during the reign of the Knights, and any Jews who refused were expelled.
But only a few decades later, Suleiman the Magnificent of the Ottomans invited all Jews to come back to Rhodes and start a new community. Many were Sephardic, ...
Rhodes is the most important island in the group known as the Dodecanese or South Sporades. It is also the most easterly island of the Aegean Sea.
In Greek mythology, Rhodes was created by the sun god and a sea nymph. According to Homer, the first inhabitants were Dorian Greeks. A fortress was built and the city of Rhodes was founded. A huge bronze sculpture, Colossus, was built at the entrance to the harbour but was bought down in an earthquake in 224 BC.
It was ...
... the "quimvirate" of Latin, Greek, philosophy, logic, and rhetoric, right up to the time that Sulieman finally conquered Rhodes after a long siege, in 1431. The story goes that he was so impressed by the bravery of the nights of St John, who led the defence, that rather than sack the city, Sulieman allowed the knights to keep their freedom, and set about enhancing Rhodes' reputation as a centre of learning and religious tolerance.