Rhodes - 1/2 Day City Tour & Filerimos
08:00 - 13:00 or 13:30 - 18:30 HRS
The excursion includes licensed Guides and deluxe motor coaches and commences with a visit to Filerimos. Here the guests will visit the ruins and foundations of the Temple of Zeus Polieus, dating back to the 4th century BC, of Athena Polias, dating back to the 3rd century and a Doric Fountain dating back to the 4th century. Together with these ancient remains are other Byzantine and medieval structures, such as the church of Our Lady of Filerimos, built by the Knights in the 15th century and the Church of St. George, which has wall-paintings dating back to the 14th and 15th century. The 12 stations of the Crucifixion, with its many steps and scenes from the Passion are very striking.The excursion then continues with the Panoramic Drive over the Monte Smith Hill which offers a magnificent view of the Aegean and the City. The drive continues past the ancient Rhodes Acropolis dedicated to Zeus Polieus, Athena Polias and Pythian Apollo. Four columns of this Acropolis have been reconstructed. The final drive-by is past the 2nd century ancient Stadium and Theatre. Both the Stadium and Theatre have been restored. From there the excursion continues to the D’ Amboise Gate of the Medieval City where the guests disembark and on foot visit the Grand Masters Palace, the most imposing building of medieval Rhodes. It was originally built in the 14th Century, but demolished by an explosion in 1856. It was restored in 1939, during the Italian occupation. The excursion continues down ‘The Street of the Knights,’ which, in spite of the restoration of its buildings, has remained untouched by the passage of 500 years, since it was originally built in the 14th century. The Gothic order predominate the entire street. The Inns of the various ‘Tongues’ stand in a row, with impressive arched doorways, their emblems carved above them.