A trip to Rhodes is truly incomplete without a visit to its magnificent Old Town. The Medieval Town of Rhodes is a well-preserved fortress city built by the Knights of St John in the 14th century. Known to be the oldest inhabited medieval town in Europe, the Old Town offers much to do and see and must be explored. This UNESCO World Heritage Site consists of around 200 narrow streets, a castle and majestic gateways, churches, Ottoman mosques, cobbled squares, courtyards, monuments and numerous other attractions. This unique medieval settlement allows visitors a glimpse of what the area might have looked like in the Middle Ages. Visitors will also come across Italian architecture, along with Gothic accents, and Turkish structures. Also found in the Old Town are a number of popular museums such as the Archaeological Museum of Rhodes, the Museum of the Decorative Arts and the Byzantine Museum, as well as numerous boutiques, souvenir shops and cafés. Muslims tourists will also definitely enjoy a visit to the Turkish Library; home to a collection of important Arab and Turkish manuscripts, the Turkish baths and the Mosque of Suleiman.
Around 3 hours or more
Adults, senior visitors, young adults, families, children
The museums, the castle, the wall and gates, the mosques and the mix of architecture
As mentioned above, the Old Town of Rhodes is home to the Mosque of Suleiman. The Medieval Town is also home to numerous other mosques, 14 to be exact, including the Rejep Pasha Mosque and the Mourad Reis Mosque. It is however unclear if most of these mosques are open for prayers, as they are quiet old.
Muslims visiting Rhodes’s Old Town should be able to find at least one Halal restaurant, as the city is known to have a sizeable Muslim population. If unable to locate such an establishment, tourists could make inquiries regarding this at one of the functioning mosques in the fortress city, or they could dine on suitable seafood and vegetarian dishes at a local non-Halal restaurant.