mercoledì 2 febbraio 2011

Greek Islands: Rhodes


Rhodes is a Greek island approximately 18 kilometres southwest of Turkey.
It is the largest of the Dodecanese islands in terms of both land area and population. Historically, Rhodes was famous worldwide for the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The medieval Old Town of the City of Rhodes has been declared a World Heritage Site. The major industry is tourism.
The island of Rhodes is shaped like a spearhead. The city of Rhodes is located at the northern tip of the island, as well as the site of the ancient and modern commercial harbours.In terms of flora and fauna, Rhodes is closer to Asia Minor than to the rest of Greece. The interior of the island is mountainous, sparsely inhabited and covered with forests of pine and cypress. While the shores are rocky, the island has arable strips of land where citrus fruit, wine grapes, vegetables, olives and other crops are grown.The island was populated by ethnic groups from the surrounding nations, including Jews. In 1947, together with the other islands of the Dodecanese, Rhodes was united with Greece.In ancient times, Rhodes was home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World—the Colossus of Rhodes. This giant bronze statue was documented as once standing at the harbour. It was completed in 280 BC but was destroyed in an earthquake in 224 BC. No trace of the statue remains today.The economy is tourist-oriented. The most developed sector is service. Small industries process imported raw materials for local retail. Other industry includes agricultural goods production, stockbreeding, fishery and winery.Many of the outdoor scenes of The Guns of Navarone (starring Gregory Peck, David Niven and Anthony Quinn) and Escape to Athena (starring Roger Moore and Telly Savalas) were filmed on the Island of Rhodes.Historical sites on the island of Rhodes include the Acropolis of Lindos, the Acropolis of Rhodes, the Temple of Apollo, ancient Ialysos, ancient Kamiros, the Governor's Palace, Rhodes Old Town (walled medieval city), the Palace of the Grand Masters, Kahal Shalom Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter, the Archeological Museum, the ruins of the castle of Monolithos, the castle of Kritinia, St. Catherine Hospice and Rhodes Footbridge.





17 commenti:

  1. I would Gladly help Grecian failing economy by spending my tourist dollars there! What history (and great food) they have! just another thing to do on my list!!

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  2. @Ed .. I can't wait another holiday before visiting these amazing places..the City of Rhodes has been declared a "World Heritage Site"...I finally found a good COMPETITOR for my beautiful Rome...you know the Greek history is so ancient and fascinating..!!.I really don't know which of these places to visit first..they are all WORTHWHILE..!!

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  3. Wow...I`m SPEECHLESS.Fantastic and awesome photos and video clips.

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  4. @kenalinegaraku4u2c....thanks so much...really appreciated your comment...I'm trying to do my best and am delighted if somebody welcomes so warmly my work...Are you MALAYSIAN..? If so...I wrote an entire post dedicated to Malaysia...all you have to do is click on this link..... http://ideatraduzioni6.blogspot.com/2011/01/malaysia.html let me know if you like it! Thanks for passying by and leaving a comment. ♥

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  5. Looks like a beautiful place to visit! A place rich in history and culture. I loved the photos and video!

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  6. @Jessica..... The island of RHODES lies in the Mediterranean sea...for people loving sea it's a famous place to visit. Rhodes belongs to the GREEK ISLANDS:it's a group of islands situated not far from Italy. Have you ever been to Italy JESSICA?

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  7. Bbbbeeeeaaauutiful!!! What can I say! I heard of this place as one of the seven wonders of the world. It's amazing to know that you actually witness it for real.... Cheers!

    P.S. love your photo header... it's jaw-dropping!:)

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  8. yeahhh...you heard well JORIE...Rhodes is famous worldwide for the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World....I only visited Sardinia, Sicily in the mediterranean sea together with Spain, but my next journey will surely be to one these enchanting islands.....they really look like Paradise on earth !...I'm such a lover of sea and all the stuff related to it ♥

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  9. Its like a dream come true type of destination...beautiful Maria,so what if I can't be present there physically..its so vivid right here.

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  10. @Motifs...this means that I'm doing quite a good job...I love especially this island because it's rich in history...if you ever visited this place you would have plenty of things to do...the ancient GREECE has many similarities with ancient ROME...they have both such a long history and excellent food!

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  12. @Pandora..thank you DORA...OHH what a wonderful news..!!!I will come have a look at the other Blog-A-Licious Blogs on your list.
    Many Thanks
    Cheers ♥♥♥
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  13. Its seems like a great place to visit :)

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  14. @Talha...well it really is...never been there but hope to visit Rhodes one day.
    It's not far from Rome.

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  15. What a heart-warming blog! We are still under a foot of snow, it did my heart good to see the sun. Even if it was just pics and videos!
    I followed your blog, and checked out an add too.
    Congrats on a great blog!

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  16. @Liberal Stupidity.....thank you so much...I did so much work on this blog but at the end efforts revealed worthwile.:!
    Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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    Regards, Mari
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