We welcome you to Rhodes Island!
To the azure waters of the Aegean sea, from where Rhodes emerged, as a gift to the god Apollo. As the Mediterranean “Nymph”. Rhodes is myth and history, spirit and matter, creation of gods and men. Its landscapes reflect the eternity through its indelible symbols, the sun, the earth, the sea. Its poetic image is moulded through nature’s harmony, art and culture.
Its people have never got tired of creating and struggling in “the waves of the open sea”. Their land was small, but the sky was vast.
“This world, this small world, this great world”, as the great Nobel laureate poet Odysseus Elytis wrote. This land we urge you to come and discover, in a unique experience
near nature, near its people, near its history and culture. Have this journey to the light of Rhodes, a journey to the past and present, through which the future emerges.
Rhodes is an island with 5000 years of history. During the ancient era, it had been habitated by several people: Telkhines, Carians, Phoenicians and Dorians, the latter having built the three major cities of Lindos, Kamiros and Ialyssos, which united to establish the city of Rhodes at 408 Β.C. The three centuries to follow have been the golden age of Rhodes.
The island was a center of economical and cultural exchanges between people for many centuries. Its strategic position yielded welth to Rhodes and made the city of Rhodes one of the most pre – eminent cities of Ancient Greece. The marine trade, the navigation know – how and the wisely progressive political and diplomatic management helped to conserve the city powerful. The science and the arts have flourished for centuries in Rhodes. One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World was the notorious artifact of Colossus of Rhodes, which was constructed in 282 B.C. by the Lindian sculptor Charis and was destroyed at 226 B.C.