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Palace of the Grand Master

At the highest point of Ippoton Street (Knights street) the Palace of the Grand Master or Kastelo is located, as the Rhodians use to call it. Its gate with a heavy wooden door and two enormous towers is one of the most characteristic images of Rhodes. It was the residence of the Grand Master, who lived here along with his court and met with the heads of the “tongues”. Today the Palace serves as a museum. On the first floor there are exhibits mostly from the era of the Knights’ rule: furniture, chandeliers, carpets, vases, statues, armors, articles of virtu. A hall is dedicated to modern Knights of Saint John, presenting photographs of their charity work.
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Ahmed Hafiz Muslim library

It was founded in 1794 and has many Arabic, Persian and Ottoman manuscripts on display. Among these are a masterly illustrated Koran from 1540 and a chronicle of the conquest of Rhodes by the Turks in 1522, written by Sultan Suleiman’s physician. What is most impressive is the library’s courtyard, paved with chochlakia (pebble mosaic).   Info It is located on Sokratous Street, opposite the Süleymaniye Mosque. Free pass.    
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Museum of Modern Greek Art

It includes collections of paintings and engravings fully representing the 20th century Greek art and its distinguished artists, many sculptures, drawings and historical evidence.    
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Folklore Museums

Small folklore museums representing the Rhodian folk house in its traditional form and displaying objects of everyday use, agricultural tools, ceramic works, woven cloths and embroideries, costumes, musical instruments, folk artworks, etc. operate in the villages Apollona, Archangelos, Asklipio, Afandou, Dimylia, Embonas, Kritinia, Koskinou, Lindos, Salakos, Soroni, Trianta.
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Decorative Arts Collection of Rhodes

A folklore museum, where traditional costumes, woodcarvings, embroideries, ceramics, Rhodian plates, furniture, trunks and generally objects from everyday life of the past in the Dodecanese are exhibited. You can find here the Rhodian “speveri”, namely the heavy embroidered silk curtain that used to be hung over the bridal bed.   Info It is housed in the Knights building of the Armory, at Argyrokastrou Square. Tel. number: +30 22410 25500  
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Jewish Museum

It was established in 1997 and it is housed in the building of the Kahal Shalom Synagogue. Photographic evidence of the Jews’ life on the island before the Second World War, handy objects, traditional Jewish costumes, etc. are exhibited there.   It is located on Dossiadou Street, on the eastern side of the Old Town.   Info Tel. number: +30 22410 22364  
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Archaeological Museum of Rhodes

Housed in the old Hospital of the Knights, it is one of the largest medieval buildings of the Old Town at the beginning of the Knights (Ippoton) Street (the street of the Knights - Mousiou (Museum) Square). It began being built in 1440 and it was completed 49 years later. The museum houses exhibitions of findings from Rhodes and the nearby islands, dating back to a period that spans from the Mycenaean era to the Middle Ages.
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Rhodes Aquarium

It is located on the northernmost tip of Rhodes and it was built during the period 1934-36 by the Italian architect Bernabiti. It is an architecturally peculiar building, featuring an entrance decorated with shells and seahorses. The Ministry of Culture has described it as a historically listed building, a distinguished example of the “International Style” architecture. It originally operated as a hydrobiology institute under the name Instituto Reale di Recerche Biologiche di Rodi (Royal Institute of Marine Biology of Rhodes). In 1937 it started operating as a research unit and since 1963 it has been operating as an Aquarium-Museum under the name “Hydrobiological Station of Rhodes”. It belongs to the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR).
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