The island of Rhodes is situated at the crossroads of two major sea routes of the Mediterranean, the Aegean Sea and the coast of the Middle East, as well as Cyprus and Egypt. The meeting point of three continents, it has known many civilizations.
Throughout its long history the different people who settled on Rhodes left their mark in all aspects of the island’s culture: art, language, architecture. Its strategic position brought great wealth to the island and made the city of Rhodes one of the leading cities of the ancient Greek world.
Rhodes is the largest island in the Dodecanese. Its capital city, located at its northern tip, is also the capital of the Prefecture with the Medieval Town in its centre. In 1988 the Medieval Town was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage City. The Medieval Town of Rhodes is the result of different architectures belonging to various historic eras, predominantly those of the Knights of St. John. Today, it is a living part of the modern city, and includes commercial stores, tourist and entertainment attractions, as well as residential areas.