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Rhodes is an island in Greece that belongs to the so-called Dodecanese Islands, which is the southeasternmost and largest island. The island has an area of 1,398 square kilometers, making it roughly the same size as Öland. The name Rhodes comes from the ancient Greek word for rose (Rhódon). There is no doubt that the island is a popular tourist destination. Perhaps you have vacation plans? If so, you should read these ten points about the island!

Rhodes has been hit by several earthquakes…

Rhodes has experienced several severe earthquakes. One of the worst occurred in 226 BC, which destroyed large parts of the city of Rhodes. The Colossus of Rhodes was also destroyed – an enormous statue of the sun god Helios, built in the 3rd century BC, which was counted among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. [source]

Contributed ships during the Trojan War…

Rhodes’ fleet contributed nine ships with soldiers to the Greek fleet during the Trojan War, which lasted from 1258 BC to 1180 BC. [source]

The famous clay stones…

The Rhodian clay stones were known in ancient times for their solidity and lightness. They were white, and five of them weighed the same as one from other places. That’s why Justinian I forced his architects to use these clay stones for the dome reconstruction of the medieval architectural masterpiece, Hagia Sophia, in Istanbul, Turkey. [source]

Wonderful, wonderful sunshine…

300 days of sunshine per year are more than enough to make Rhodes a fantastic destination for outdoor activities and beach holidays. That’s why the island was dedicated to the god Apollo, the sun’s god. [source]

1964 is the coldest recorded day ever in Rhodes…

It is very, very rare for the temperature to go below 7 degrees Celsius (44.6 degrees Fahrenheit) on the island. It also rarely goes above 35 degrees (95 degrees Fahrenheit). But on one occasion, the temperature dropped to a chilling –4 degrees Celsius (24.8 degrees Fahrenheit) (!) during a day in January 1964. [source]

Three-quarters of the island’s budget comes from tourism…

From 2019 to 2022, Rhodes experienced an 8% increase in tourism. In total, the island had 2,548,027 tourists in 2022. So it’s not surprising that three-quarters of the island’s budget comes from tourism. [source]

May have connections to the U.S. state of Rhode Island…

Although experts and researchers are still uncertain, it is believed that the U.S. state of Rhode Island got its name from Rhodes after Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano thought that present-day Rhode Island resembled Rhodes. [source]

Had a water supply system 2,500 years ago…

In the city of Kamiros, located in Rhodes, a water supply system was in operation 2,500 years ago, providing water to the houses. [source]

Religion differs from the mainland…

The predominant religion is Greek Orthodox, but there is also a significant Catholic minority on the island, many of whom are descendants of the Italians who stayed on the island after the Italian colony (Italo-Turkish War). Unlike many other Greek islands, Rhodes has a Muslim minority due to the Ottoman Empire’s presence on the island. [source]

You can catch a glimpse of Turkey from the east coast…

There aren’t many places where you can be on a remote island and see another country almost within throwing distance, but on Rhodes, you can! The view from the Old Town and Lindos is breathtaking, with the sloping hills of southern Turkey adding a mysterious backdrop to the roaring sea waves. [source]


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