During the early Christian period (330-650 A.D.) Rhodes belonged to part of the Christianized Roman Empire known as the Byzantine Empire . The Island was an important military base. As a major Byzantine trading port, it was also a crossroads for ships sailing between Constantinople and Alexandria.
The Byzantine fortified walls of Rhodes (7th c. -13th c.) divided the town into two sections:
|The thirteenth century Byzantine Church of St Mary (Panagia tou Kastrou or Virgin of the Fort), which later became the first cathedral of the Knights of St John||Byzantine Church of Saints Constantine and Helen 12th - 13th c.||The Clock Tower||The clock tower marks the site of the original northwest tower of the internal fortifications of the Collachium (former Byzantine fortifications)|
Early Christian Byzantine Church of
|Byzantine Church of St Spyridon 13 c (converted to a mosque during the Ottoman era)||Byzantine Church of St Nicholas Fundukli 15th c, at the foot of the mountain Profitis Ilias|