The medieval town of Rhodes is surrounded by new neighborhoods of the new city (Nea chora) with buildings of a different style Aegean style but still interesting from the point of view of the history of architecture.
Rhodes is divided into two parts: the city of knights old town and the new town built beyond the medieval ramparts. The new town is separated from the former by the Mandraki harbor .
Among the architects who designed modern Rhodes include the Roman architect Fausto Di Florestano who played a major role. He designed buildings in line with the objective of Governor Mario Lago attract wealthy tourists.
The Freedom Square (Platia Eleftherias), and animated with gardens, is limited by the Nouveau Marché and the Cathedral. Instead Vassilliou Georgiou, monumental center and administrative buildings includes Gothic Oriental and theater.
Cathedral Church of Saint John the Evangelist (Evangelismos), was rebuilt in the second half of the Italian presence in the Gothic style, on the model of the Church of St. John the rising Collachium near the palace Great Masters , after designs by the Belgian Rottiers. Located near the entrance of the ancient port, it is dedicated to the Annunciation and has frescoes by Fotis Kondogou.
The imposing building of the theater, located on the site of the town hall was built in 1937 and was called "Teatro Puccini" and was one of the most modern theaters of its time, suitable for opera . Today it still serves as a theater and cinema.
The Grande Albergo delle Rose, now the casino was built before the sandy beach at the tip of the island. He was appointed as the Auberge des Roses campaign to attract rich foreign clients claimed that Rhodes roses are in bloom ten months a year, and the island was also called the island of roses (Isola delle Rose) .
The post office building is located on Freedom Square (Plateia Eleftherias).
Its facade is richly decorated and impressive main entrance is located in the center of the building with symmetrical openings of both sides. It was built during the early years of Italian sovereignty by the Italian architect Fausto Di Florestano. It was then used as the Italian Post Office (Palazzo delle Poste) and its function remains the same: it houses an office of the Greek Post (ELTA).
Easily identifiable thanks to its elegant minaret, the small mosque of Murad Reis (Murat Reis Dzami) is located in the northern part of the new city, street Konstantinou, facing the National Theatre , to the left of the Yacht Club.
Visit: daily from 13 am to 14 pm - Free admission.
The mosque in 1522, is surrounded by a forest of eucalyptus and palm trees shading the graves of Turkish dignitaries, oblong stone sober, all aligned to the east, the steles very characteristic: those men are topped with a turban, while a pine cone indicates those women in this cemetery is buried Murad Reis, commanding pirate fleet Soliman.
At the bottom of the Muslim cemetery, hidden in the greenery, stands the Villa Cleobolus (Kleovoulos), where the writer Lawrence Durrell lived from 1945 to 1947, during the brief period of British administration. There he wrote his "Venus and the Sea", both impressionistic and poetic novel, and true testing on the island of Rhodes.
"I linger a little before leaving the town of Rhodes Where I Spent Such happy post-war years, locked into the secret garden of Murad Reis. I was indeed living in a Turkish cemetery of Such beauty and silence That I Often longed to die and be sealed into One of Those beautiful forms, to lie there forever dreaming of the great ladies and Eyoub who drowse away time in the silence of the vehement Turkish heat, with just the sound of the falling leaves. ’