Must-see attractions in Dodecanese

  • Church Museum

    Dodecanese

    Despite its name, this small museum, just up from the seafront below the monastery, is exclusively ecclesiastic. Besides its icons, vestments, votive…

  • House of Djem

    Rhodes Town

    Glass panels set in the floor of this thoroughly excavated medieval structure expose columns that once lined one of Rhodes’ main Roman streets. Local lore…

  • Liberty Gate

    Rhodes Town

    The busiest entrance to the Old Town, close to the seafront and Mandraki Harbour, Liberty Gate was constructed in the 14th century to serve as a bridge to…

  • Municipal Art Gallery

    Rhodes Town

    Set on the upper floor of a grand medieval building, on your right as you enter the Old Town via Liberty Gate, this gallery belongs to the city’s four…

  • Folklore Museum

    Karpathos

    To gain entry to the ancient chapel that houses this two-room museum, you need to call ahead to Irini, custodian of the keys. Having unlocked it, she’ll…

  • Modern Greek Art Museum – New Wing

    Rhodes Town

    This gleaming extension to the New Town’s Modern Greek Art Museum stands immediately behind its parent building. Located on the site of the city’s ancient…

  • Mosque of Gazi Hassan Pasha

    Kos Town

    The Gazi Hassan Pasha Mosque, built in 1786 with the support of pasha (admiral) Gazi Hasan Pasa, governor of Kos, boasts one of the most stunning minarets…

  • Lighthouse of Agios Nikolaos

    Rhodes Town

    This landmark French-built lighthouse guards the entrance to Mandraki Harbour, at the spot where some suggest the Colossus of Rhodes once stood. Its beam…

  • Inn of Provence

    Rhodes Town

    Four coats of arms on the Inn of Provence form the shape of a cross. After Rhodes fell to the Ottomans, the building became a hammam (Turkish bath), while…

  • Inn of Italy

    Rhodes Town

    Built in 1519 under the rule of Grand Master Fabrizio del Carretto (1513–21), this former Knights’ lodging is in the lower part of the Street of the…

  • Inn of France

    Rhodes Town

    Dating from 1492, the Inn of France is the most ornate and distinctive of all the inns on the Street of the Knights, which were used as residences by…

  • Inn of Spain

    Rhodes Town

    Halfway up the Street of the Knights, the Inn of Spain is the largest inn of all. Its two connected wings were built under Grand Master Antoine Fluvian …

  • Archaeological Museum

    Dodecanese

    Housed in a grand 19th-century villa above the harbour, this seasonal museum displays objects pulled from ancient shipwrecks, assorted Greek oil lamps and…

  • Marine Gate

    Rhodes Town

    This imposing pedestrian gateway makes a dramatic point of entry for arriving ferry passengers. If you use the Old Town as a base for some island hopping,…

  • Temple of Aphrodite

    Rhodes Town

    The fenced-off vestiges of a Temple of Aphrodite, dating from the 3rd century BC, face visitors who pass through the Liberty Gate. This is one of the few…

  • Mosque of Murad Reis

    Rhodes Town

    The grounds of this graceful mosque hold a Turkish cemetery and the Villa Cleobolus, where Lawrence Durrell lived in the 1940s, writing his book on Rhodes…

  • Evangelismos Church

    Rhodes Town

    It’s well worth taking a look at the interior of this Gothic-style Orthodox church, beside Mandraki Harbour and built under Italian rule; it’s covered…

  • Moni Panagias Spilianis

    Dodecanese

    This hillside medieval monastery, overlooking the sea below the castle, can be reached via a short staircase. Visitors can only access a small anteroom.

  • Temple of Dionysos

    Kos Town

    The overgrown but evocative remains of this Greek temple, dating from the 2nd century BC, centre on an altar with a frieze depicting Amazon warriors.

  • Temple of Hercules

    Kos Town

    The only surviving parts of this 2nd-century BC temple are the foundations and platform on which the original structure once stood.

  • Shrine of Aphrodite

    Kos Town

    On the south side of Kos' castle are the ruins of the Shrine of Aphrodite.

  • Ibrahim Pasha Mosque

    Rhodes Town

    The oldest mosque on Rhodes, built soon after the Ottomans arrived in the 16th century; it's not open to visitors.

  • St Catherine's Gate

    Rhodes Town

    Also known as the Windmills Gate, St Catherine’s Gate provided access to the windmills on the waterfront.

  • Xysto

    Kos Town

    This cluster of Doric columns once supported the roof of an open-sided portion of the ancient gymnasium.

  • Mustafa Mosque

    Rhodes Town

    This towering mosque, facing the Old Town's Great Hammam (Turkish baths), was completed in 1765.

  • St John's Gate

    Rhodes Town

    The gate of St John is said to have become dyed red with blood during the siege of 1522.

  • Nymphaeum

    Kos Town

    Despite its misleading name, this columned structure was actually a public toilet.

  • St Paul's Gate

    Rhodes Town

    Medieval gate, connecting the Old Town with the harbour.

  • Mosque

    Rhodes Town

    Quayside mosque, facing Mandraki Harbour.

  • Great Hammam

    Rhodes Town

    Behind its plain exterior, this 500-year-old Ottoman bathhouse is spectacular, with a finely wrought star-pierced ceiling that allows light to radiate…

  • Akandia Gate

    Rhodes Town

    At the southeast corner of the Old Town, this is one of the few city gates you can drive through, with parking to the right inside.

  • Virgin Mary's Gate

    Rhodes Town

    This modern city gate, opened in 1955, connects the Old Town with the harbour.