This area includes Knights’ Str. And the Great Master Palace From the
new town of Rhodes
the mainaccesses are d’Amboise Gate and Eleftherias Gate: The former
one, which from Demokratias leads to the palace, was commissioned in 1512
by the Great Master d’Amboise. The Eleftherias was built by the Italians
and it leads from Eleftherias to Platia Symì. Here a vaulted passage
stretches as far as the Apelloù.
The Mosque of Solyman the Great
The red mosque was built in 1522 to celebrate the victory of the sultan against
the Knights of Rhodes
Restored in 1808 with original material of the age, it still remains one of
the most wonderful attractions of the town. Its minaret, splendid but unsafe,
was eliminated in 1989, and the once glorious mosque is now going to collapse.
It is closed to the public for repairs.
The Turkish bath, was commissioned by the pasha Mustafà in 1765: For
decades a relaxing place of the western aristocracy, it is now attended by
the Greeks, tourists and the Turkish minority. Absolutely necessary to bring
towels and soap with oneself.
The Jewish quarter
On the west side of Hippocrates Square the Bourg encloses the Ovriakì,
the Jewish quarter from the I century B.C. to the German occupation of Rhodes
in 1944, when the inhabitants were deported to Auschwitz. Going forth eastwards
along Aristotelous,, you get to Plateia Evraion Martyron Jewish martyrs square),
entitled to the memory of the victims of the nazi camps of concentration.
In the middle of the square, a bronze fountain in the shape of a sea-horse
and on the north side the Admiralty: a solemn medieval building. The synagogue
has its seat in Simioù.