Rhodes and the Dodecanese Sights

Archaeological Museum of Rhodes

  • Mouseou Sq. Map It
  • Rhodes Town

Published 05/28/2015

Fodor's Review

The Hospital of the Knights (now the island's archaeological museum), completed in 1489, surrounds a Byzantine courtyard, off of which are the refectory and wards where the wealthy institution once administered to the knights and townspeople. These wonderful surroundings are enhanced with findings from around Rhodes and nearby islands, among them two well-known representations of Aphrodite: the Aphrodite of Rhodes, who, while bathing, pushes aside her hair as if she's listening; and a standing figure, known as Aphrodite Thalassia, or "of the sea," as she was discovered in the water off the northern city beach. Two 6th-century BC kouros (statues of idealized male youth) were found in the nearby ancient city of Kameiros, and in a beautiful 5th-century BC funerary stela, a young woman named Crito, hair cut short in mourning, gives a farewell embrace to her mother, Timarista, who is already moving outside the frame, as she leaves the world. Another stela of 3-year-old Ploutos is inscribed, "loosening the support of a cart which had upon it a heavy load of stakes I passed over the threshold of Hades."

Sight Information

Address:

Mouseou Sq., Rhodes Town, Rhodes, 85100, Greece

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Phone:

22410-75674

Sight Details:

  • €6
  • Apr.–Oct., Mon. 9–4, Tues.–Fri. 8:30–8, weekends 8–3; Nov.–Mar., Tues.–Sun. 8–3

Published 05/28/2015

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