Sun from time immemorial considered the patron saint of the island. In his honor, the inhabitants of Rhodes in 305 BC erected a giant statue. Colossus of Rhodes, a masterpiece of the sculptor of Haret, Linda, was counted among the seven wonders of the world. At the height of statue reached 31 meters. Based on their feet both shores of the bay, she towered over right outside the harbor of ships.
In his hand was holding the torch of the sun god, whose light was visible for many kilometers from the island and served as a beacon. To a great Unfortunately, the statue stood for long. In 226 BC. Oe. it was destroyed by an earthquake. Rhodes is off the coast of Asia Minor. At his best round of buying.
It is not udivtielno that last-minute trips to Egypt equaled in popularity. Just 10 miles – and you're on the Turkish coast. This neighborhood at different times brought Rhodes and prosperity and ruin. Since ancient times the island served as a bridge between East and West, the rich in this trade, then subjected to looting. The island was ruled by the Phoenicians, Greeks, Persians, Saracens, Genoese, the Knights of ioannitov Turks. In 1948, Rhodes once again became part of Greece. Turbulent history of the island has left many unique monuments, so Rhodes is a combination of antiquity and modernity. This can be easily seen by the churches and castles, located next to the sunlit villages, luxurious beaches and resorts. AND chief among them can rightly be called the island's capital city of Rhodes is situated in the north. As in ancient coins, he has like two sides. One side – this is a fabulous medieval city – by ancient walls. His crosses the street of the Knights ioannitov, preserved medieval appearance as well, though she moved here from the shooting of a film from the life of the Middle Ages. At the end of the street stands Palace of the Grand Masters of the Order ioannitov, built in the XIV century. In the palace-fortress gates are very beautiful, on both sides of which extend to a huge tower. Inside the palace – the luxurious rooms, set with expensive furniture different ages and carved woodwork. Masters Palace was both a fortress. Therefore, it has everything necessary for that time, fortifications and extensive underground storage facilities. The palace-fortress was rebuilt in the forties of the twentieth century. The other side of Rhodes – a modern resort town with its bustling night life, wide streets, beautiful buildings and countless shops. There hundreds of hotels – from luxury to modest, many restaurants and bars, trendy discotheques, clubs and casinos. At 55 kilometers to the south of the capital is the ancient city of Lindos. Clear blue sea, endless beaches, whitewashed houses and steep at the top hill – the ruins of the ancient Acropolis … Lindos has been known since the XII century BC According to legend, its founder was Lindh, the grandson of the sun god Helios. On the shore of Lindos is picturesque and quiet harbor, where in 55 AD Paul landed. Now Lindos – compactly located fairytale town with narrow streets, lined with mosaics. By the Acropolis can be reached on foot or on donkeys, which serve as 'urban taxis' Lindos. The main attraction of the Acropolis Lydia is a temple of Athena, who visited the well-known to us by 'The Iliad' Spartan king Menelaus, and also the Alexander of Macedon.