You could spend an entire vacation on Rhodes, and still not be able to take in all of the diverse architecture. With over 3500 years of record history this island has been the site a lot of diverse styles of buildings.

There are numerous archaeological sites throughout the island, where visitors can get a sense of the grandeur that was Ancient Greece. The hill overlooking the modern new town is the site of the ancient Hellenistic town of Rodos, and the Acropolis of Rodos, including the remains of the Temples of Zeus and Athena, as well as the partly restored Temple of Apollo. Below these is the restored Stadium, which is still occasionally used for performances of classical tragedies. And even when there aren’t performances, it makes for an impressive location to see a spectacular sunset.

On the island’s east coast is the Acropolis of Lindos, which was one of the three early city-states until the merger into the new city of Rodos in the 5th century BC. This site shows the ever-changing political climate of the island (and the accompanying changes in architecture), as the acropolis was later used as a fortress through Byzantine times, by the Knights of St. John and into the Ottoman rule.  

In addition to the ancient past, there are several significant sites from the medieval period, including remains of the medieval city of Rodos, the Palace of the Grand Master from the era of the Knights of St. John and the Castle of Monolithos. More of the island’s rich history can be discovered at the numerous museums, which include the Hospice of Saint Catherine, the Byzantine Museum and the Rodos Archaeological Museum.

Religion also has played a role in the island’s architecture and this can be seen at the varied churches and monasteries. These include, among others, the St. George Monastery, which is known for its “wedding-cake” style of church town that is commonly seen on the island; and The Byzantine church of the Dormition of the Blessed Virgin, with its majestic frescos and ancient artifacts.