Palace of the Grand Masters


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Museums, Castles/Palaces, Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend


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The crowning attraction of Rhodes Town, the Palace of the Grand Master is usually the first stop for tourists. Its medieval architecture sparks the imagination of children and adults alike. Many don't realize that they're actually looking at an imposter. In 1856, the original castle was heavily damaged by a gunpowder explosion. After the structure was left in ruins for decades, the Italians who briefly governed Rhodes rebuilt the fortifications in the 1930s. Despite the loss of the original, the palace remains a masterpiece. You will find the Medieval Exhibit on the ground floor. The museum focuses on the commercial importance of Rhodes through the centuries. Of particular note are the mosaic floors, most are Hellenistic or Ancient Roman and taken from the island of Kos.

One visitor writes, "Throughout the building there are some strange collections of furniture; several, like the 16th Century choir stalls with their elaborate cherubic carvings, looking seriously out of place. Gigantic stone fireplaces are in keeping with the Palace’s earlier existence but the building’s dance hall can only be seen to have a usage post 1930s."

Admission costs about €5 EUR (approximately $7 USD). From June through October, the palace is open from 8 am to 8 pm every day except Monday, which has reduced hours. The winter and spring months have shortened hours.

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