Castles of Greece


Rhodes, Rhodes, Dodecanese,South Aegean

Palace of the Grand Master

or Knights’ Castle  
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Palace of the Grand Master
Rhodes, at the northern side of the medieval city
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
South Aegean
Municipality > Town:
City of Rhodes
• Rhodes
Zero Altitude
Time of Construction   Origin
Castle Type   Condition
Very Good

The Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes is a palace in the town of Rhodes, on the island of Rhodes in Greece. The site was previously a Byzantine citadel that functioned as a headquarters and fortress. It is the most important monument from the period of the Ioannite knights.


The palace was built in the 14th century by the Knights of Rhodes, who occupied Rhodes from 1309 to 1522. It eas built on a location where previously a Byzantine fort from th 7th century existed. After the island was captured by the Ottoman Empire, the palace was used as a fortress.

The original palace was largely destroyed by an ammunition explosion in 1856. When the Kingdom of Italy occupied Rhodes in 1912, the Italians rebuilt the palace in a grandiose pseudo-medieval style as a holiday residence for Victor Emmanuel III of Italy, and later for Benito Mussolini, whose name can still be seen on a large plaque near the entrance.

On 10 February 1947, the Treaty of Peace with Italy, one of the Paris Peace Treaties, determined that the recently-established Italian Republic would transfer the Dodecanese to the Kingdom of Greece. In 1948, Rhodes and the rest of the Dodecanese were transferred as previously agreed. The Greeks converted the palace to a museum.


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Approach to the monument:
Easy access from the city of Rhodes.
Open: Tuesday-Sunday, 8.30-15.00 and May to September 8.00-19.00 & Monday 12.00-19.00.
Ticket is required.

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