When visiting Old Town Rhodes we visited the Palace of the Grand Master which is situated at the top of the Street of the Knights, the highest position in Rhodes Old Town.
“The Grand Masters Palace was built below the Acropolis of Ancient Rhodes where originally the Temple of the Sun God stood. In the same place, in the 7th century, there was also a Byzantine Palace, and then in the 14th century the Knights of St John built the palace as the residence of the Grand Master as an administrative center. It was destroyed in 1856 by a large explosion of gunpowder that was hidden in the basement of the of St John Church.
The Grand Masters Palace was then rebuilt according to the original drawings by the Italians in 1940. In 1988 it hosted the summit of the EEC. It occasionally holds exhibitions and major cultural events” – Municipality of Rhodes
The Courtyard is a sun trap on a hot day so we headed inside, like the pale English folk we are. The entrance to the inside from the courtyard wasn’t obvious at all, in fact we stood around for a good 5 minutes wondering if the courtyard was ‘it’. We waited and watched where other people walked and soon found the way.
The rooms inside are as you would expect, grand, and some offer good views across the town (the palace is positioned at the highest point in the town). Each room had an attendant, on hand to make sure you don’t cross a rope, use flash photography and politely scold noisy children (yes Ozzy I am looking at you).
For the best sense of what the Palace of the Grand Master is like this video on You Tube is good. I will say that if you only have time or the finances that I would recommend visiting the Archaeological Museum of Rhodes (Hospital of the Knights) instead as there’s more to see and generally it’s a shadier spot (worth bearing in mind in the soaring Summer heat).
Opening times: 8am to 4pm, Tuesday to Sunday
Entry Prices: Adults 6 euros, Over 65’s 3 euros, under 18’s enter free