The largest of the Dodecanese islands
Rhodes is a Greek island in the South Aegean Sea. It is the largest of the Dodecanese islands and Greece's fourth-largest after Crete, Evia, and Lesbos (Lesbos). For decades, it has been one of Greece's most popular tourist destinations both nationally and worldwide due to its ancient history, natural environment, beautiful beaches, as well as modern tourism amenities.
At the crossroads of civilizations
Rhodes is a small island that is oblong in form and resembles a spear blade. It's 460 kilometers southeast of Athens, 380 kilometers west of Cyprus, and 18 kilometers south of Turkey. Its length is 77 kilometers, width 37 kilometers, and total area of 1,401 square kilometers. It has 253 miles of coastline. The Attavyros (1210 meters), Artamytis (825 meters), and Prophet Ilias (800 meters) are the island's highest peaks.
The present population is around 117,000 people.Both air and sea travel are options for getting to the island.
Diagoras Airport, also known as the International Airport of Rhodes, is located in Paradisi, 15 kilometers from Rhodes town.
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Except from the Greek language, most of the people on Rhodes speak English. Many of them are fluent in other languages, including German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian and others.The euro is the official currency.
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Highest Peak of the island
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Collosus of Rhodes
PrehistoryEarly and classical antiquityThe island was inhabited in the Neolithic period although little remains of this culture.
16th century BCMinoan EraIn the 16th century BC, the Minoans came to Rhodes. Later Greek mythology recalled a Rhodian race called the Telchines and associated the island of Rhodes with Danaus.
15th century BCEMycenaean EraHomer mentions that Rhodes participated in the Trojan War under the leadership of Tlepolemus
8th century BCEArchaic EraIn the 8th century BCE, the island's settlements started to form, with the coming of the Dorians, who built the three important cities of Lindos, Ialyssos and Kameiros
478 BCClassical EraThe Persians invaded and overran the island, but they were in turn defeated by forces from Athens in 478 BC. The Rhodian cities joined the Athenian League.
332 BCHellenistic ageThe Rhodo-Egyptian alliance controlled trade throughout the Aegean in the 3rd century BC.
1 Century ADChristianityIn the 1st century AD, the Emperor Tiberius spent a brief term of exile on Rhodes. Saint Paul brought Christianity to people on the island. Rhodes reached her zenith in the 3rd century.
2021Byzantine periodIn 395 with the division of the Roman Empire, the long Byzantine period began for Rhodes.Beginning from ca. 600 AD, its influence in maritime issues was manifested in the collection of maritime laws known as "Rhodian Sea Law" (Nomos Rhodion Nautikos)
1300-1500Crusader and Ottoman rulen 1306–1310, the Byzantine era of the island's history came to an end when the island was occupied by the Knights Hospitaller.Eventually, however, Rhodes fell to the large army of Suleiman the Magnificent in December 1522.
1800Modern historyIn the 19th century the island was populated by ethnic groups from the surrounding nations, including Jews. Under Ottoman rule, they generally did fairly well, but discrimination and bigotry occasionally arose.
1912-1945Italian occupationIn 1912, Italy seized Rhodes from the Ottomans during the Italo-Turkish War. The island's population was spared the "exchange of the minorities" between Greece and Turkey. Rhodes and the rest of the Dodecanese Islands were assigned to Italy in the Treaty of Ouchy.
1947Back to GreeceIn the WW2 Peace Treaty, Rhodes, together with the other islands of the Dodecanese, was united with Greece in February 1947. 6000 Italian colonists were forced to abandon the island and returned to Italy.
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