"The Grand Masters Palace" Rodos (City) Things to Do Tip by Myfanwe
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The Palace of the Grand Masters is a reconstruction of a Palace built by Helion de Villeneuve on the site of an ancient Temple to the Sun God, Helios. The Turks at one time used it for a prison, for stabling their horses and as a gunpowder store. It was destroyed by a great gunpowder explosion in 1856 when lightning struck a minaret and exploded the powder magazine inside. When the Italians took control of Rhodes they reconstruced the Palace as a summer home for Victor Emmanuel III. Although the architects used contemporary drawings and engravings to ensure the exterior resembled the former Palace, the interior owes little to the Knights and much to the lavish Italiante design. Inside there are some superb Roman and Early Christian floor mosaics. The ground floor houses an exhibition of 2400 years of Rhodian history in various themes.
The Palace is open Monday 12:30 - 20:00 and Tuesday to Sunday 08:00 - 20:00
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