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A person who guides visitors in the language of their choice and interprets the cultural and natural heritage of an area, which person normally possesses an area-specific qualification usually issued and/or recognized by the appropriate authority.

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“The Palace of the Grand Master and the medieval maze”

The Palace of the Grand Master is probably the most imposing landmark in the city of Rhodes, symbol of the power of the Knights of St John.

Perched at the top of the hill that overlooks the Old Town, it is this Castle that one sees first when reaching Rhodes from the Aegean or Mediterrranean sea.

Discover its secrets through the narration of your licensed guide who will reveal that things are not just what they seem to be as the Palace of the Grand Master was also the seat of the fascist Governor of the Dodecanese during the Italian Occupation. This mighty fortress, last bastion of resistance in case of siege, reflects the stormy history of Rhodes and of those who wanted to rule the island. After the visit of this timeless headquarter, we will stroll down the Street of Knights which was the center of the noble quarter, where the consulates of the different tongues composing the Order were located.

At the bottom of this monumental alley, we will encounter the Hospital of the Knights which was the center of hospitality, offering some of the best known health care of its times.

From the quarter of the knights we will continue ascending through the commercial alleys to later reach the residential neighborhood of the medieval city. Walking through the serpentine streets, we will encounter mosques, shady squares and orthodox chapels before ending our tour in the ruins of a gothic church.


Highlights: Palace of the Grand Master, Street of the Knights, Hospital of the Knights (outside), Socratous street, Hamam square, Rejep Pacha Mosque, square of Jewish Martyrs, Our lady of the Burgho.

Subjects: Palace of the Grand Master, life in Medieval times, use and function of the Palace, administration and organisation of the Order of the Knights Hospitalers, everyday life and orientation in the Old Town, Ottoman rule in Rhodes, Jewish community of Rhodes.


Note: Whispers included, entrance not included