Evreon Martyron Square, Jewish Martyrs Square, in Rhodes.

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Jewish Quarter

Rhodes Town

The Jewish Quarter, an enclave of narrow lanes in the Old Town’s southeast corner, centres on Plateia Evreon Martyron (Square of the Jewish Martyrs). Now all too quiet and dilapidated, it was home a century ago to a population of 5500. Half fled in the 1930s, while 1673 Jews were deported to Auschwitz in 1944; only 151 survived. The Jewish Museum of Rhodes, entered via the 1577 Kahal Shalom Synagogue – the oldest synagogue in Greece – tells the full story.

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Nearby Rhodes Town attractions

1. Virgin Mary's Gate

0.07 MILES

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

2. Kahal Shalom Synagogue

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Built in 1577, and featuring a fine black-and-white pebble-mosaic floor, Kahal Shalom Synagogue is the oldest synagogue in Greece. A commemorative plaque…

3. Jewish Museum of Rhodes

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The Jewish presence on Rhodes dates back to the 2nd century BC, while a 13th-century influx of Jewish refugees from Spain resulted in the creation of a…

4. Ibrahim Pasha Mosque


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

5. Marine Gate

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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,…

6. St Catherine's Gate

0.16 MILES

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

7. Akandia Gate

0.19 MILES

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.

8. Archaeological Museum


A weathered, sun-kissed stone lion, visible from the street, invites visitors into the magnificent 15th-century Knights' Hospital that holds Rhodes’…