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Byzantine Monuments in Rhodes.   330AD - 1309AD

 

During the early Christian period Rhodes belonged to the Byzantine Empire . Rhodes was an important Byzantine trading port, and a crossroads for ships sailing between Constantinople and Alexandria . It was also an important Byzantine military base.

The Byzantine fortified walls of Rhodes (7th c. -13th c.) divided the town into two sections:

  • The Acropolis (later the Grand-Masters' Palace) and the Upper Town which is the surrounding area of 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.

The thirteenth century Byzantine Church of St Mary, Rhodes ToursZoom Byzantine church of St Constantine and Helen, Tours of RhodesZoom
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.
Byzantine church of St Constantine and Helen 12th - 13th c.

 

The Byzantine Clock Tower, Rhodes Private ToursZoom The Byzantine fortifications, Rhodes ToursZoom
The clock tower stands on the site of the original north-west tower of the internal fortifications of the Collachium, (former Byzantine fortifications).

 

Early Christian Byzantine church of Archangel Michael, Tours of RhodesZoom Early Christian Byzantine church of Archangel Michael, Rhodes Private ToursZoom
Early Christian Byzantine church of Archangel Michael.

 

The thirteenth century Byzantine Church of St. Spyridon, Rhodes ToursZoom The fifteenth century Byzantine Church of St. Nicholas, Tours of RhodesZoom
Byzantine church of St. Spyridon of 13th c (which is converted to mosque during the Ottoman era).
Byzantine church of St Nicholas Fundukli 15th c, at the foot of the mountain Profitis Ilias.

 

We have little information concerning the Byzantine period. The restoration work of the Italians neglected surviving buildings in favor of the Knights period.

 

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