Welcome to Rhodes, the capital of the Dodecanese,
an island which is ideal not only for those who want
to relax but also for those looking for an action-packed
holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys
and uninterrupted line of golden beaches,
Rhodes is truly a blessed place. Add in the excellent
facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of
cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural
and archaeological sites and you’ve got the perfect
A stroll around Mandráki, the small marina
with the Rhodian deer statues at its entrance
and the surrounding windmills, is an
experience not to be missed.
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of Rhodes is familiar to almost everyone.
Its history begins with the siege of Demetrios Poliorketes,
successor of Alexander the Great, in 305 BC. When
Demetrios was defeated, he abandoned all his siege
machinery on Rhodes. The Rhodians decided to express
their pride by building a triumphal statue of their
favourite god, Helios. The task was assigned to the
sculptor Chares of Lindos, a pupil of Lysippos himself,
and twelve years (from 304 to 292 BC) were needed
to complete it.
From its building to its destruction lies a time span of
merely 56 years. Yet the Colossus earned a place in the
famous list of Wonders. "But even lying on the ground,
it is a marvel", said Pliny the Elder. The Colossus of
Rhodes was not only a gigantic statue. It was a symbol
of unity of the people who inhabited
that beautiful Mediterranean island of Rhodes.
A strong earthquake hit Rhodes at around 226 BC.
The city was badly damaged, and the Colossus was
broken at its weakest point - the knee. The Rhodians
received an immediate offer from Ptolemy III
Eurgetes of Egypt to cover all restoration costs for
the toppled monument. However, an oracle was
consulted and forbade the re-erection. Ptolemy's
offer was declined.
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A cobbled road leads up to the Acropolis, and for
those who wish to avoid the tiring climb there are
donkeys for hire at the main entrance to the town.
The first ruins you will encounter are the mediaeval
walls, built by the Crusaders (early 14th century)
on the remains of earlier defenses, both Byzantine
and ancient. Along the mediaeval walls are a very
small number of towers, which follow the natural
contours of the high ground. On the area of level
ground where the mediaeval steps begin you will
see to your left an ancient triimolia (a kind of ship)
carved in the rock circa 180-170 B.C.
ship’s prow there once stood a statue of the general
Agisandros Mikkion (it has not survived) which, according
to the inscription, was the work of Pythokritos, creator of
the Nike of Samothrace. The great mediaeval steps lead up
to the Governors Palace of the Crusader castle, which
consisted of three buildings, of which two have survived. It
was first restored in the early 20th century by the Danish
Archaeological Mission and then, during the period
between the world wars, by the Italian authorities. As you
come out of the Governor’s Palace you will see a series of
vaulted constructions supporting the “andiro”, a man-made
terrace which opens out in front of the Hellenistic stoa. A
number of the columns are still standing.
The Acropolis of Lindos - Rhodos island Greece 8. juli 2022
of Butterflies (Petaloùdes,Πεταλούδες) is a
natural park located at a distance of 23 km from the
capital Rhodes. Belongs to a Natura 20001 protected zone (GR4210006) together with Seven Springs
(Eptà Pigès, Επτά Πηγές) and Mt. Profitis Elias2. It is the
place where tiger moths of the species Panaxia Quadripunctaria gather in summer. This species of
butterfly is common in the Mediterranean, in Europe and in Western Asia. In Greece it is also found in Crete and other
islands, and in the southern part of the mainland Greece.
A small river, named Pelecanos, flows down to a narrow valley,
ending with a waterfall that tumbles into a green pool. On the
bends there is a forest of zitia, a species of tree that excretes an
aromatic raisin, which is said to attracts the butterflies.
The combination of the valley’s microclimate with its
exceptional flora, creates the ideal environment for the breed
of a large population of caterpillars, that live on the trees and
feed from the tender leaves.
The valley of Butterflies - Rhodos island Greece 8. juli 2022
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