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Byzantine Monuments in Rhodes

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Byzantine Monuments in Rhodes

 

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 Acropolis (later the Palace of the Grand Masters) and the Upper Town which is the area surrounding the acropolis (later the Collachio).
  • The Lower Town (later the Burgum). Today parts of this fortification survive mostly in the Collachio, incorporated into later structures. Rhodes city had a great number of churches, among them some basilicas of impressive dimensions.


Panagia tou Kastrou,Virgin of the Fort,cruise shore excursions in Rhodes GreeceZoom  Byzantine Church of Saints Constantine and Helen,12th - 13th c,cruise shore excursions in Rhodes GreeceZoom The clock tower,cruise shore excursions in Rhodes GreeceZoom Fortifications of the Collachium,Byzantine fortifications,cruise shore excursions in Rhodes GreeceZoom
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 Archangel Michael,cruise shore excursions in Rhodes GreeceZoom Early Christian Byzantine Church of Archangel Michael,cruise shore excursions in Rhodes GreeceZoom Byzantine Church of St Spyridon,cruise shore excursions in Rhodes GreeceZoom Byzantine Church of St Nicholas Fundukli,cruise shore excursions in Rhodes GreeceZoom
Early Christian Byzantine Church of
Archangel Michael
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