About Rhodes

Deep Dives Course in Musculoskeletal Oncology, Limb Salvage and Complex Reconstruction Surgery 2024, is taking place on Rhodes Island, one of the most Historical & Multicultural Places in Europe.


Welcome to Rhodes Island, a captivating destination steeped in history, culture, and natural beauty, awaiting to enchant you with its timeless allure. Situated in the southeastern Aegean Sea, Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese islands and boasts a rich tapestry of historical landmarks, picturesque landscapes, and vibrant communities.

History echoes through the ancient streets of Rhodes, once home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Colossus of Rhodes. Explore the medieval Old Town of Rhodes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where imposing walls encircle narrow cobblestone lanes lined with medieval architecture, Byzantine churches, and Ottoman-era mosques. Admire the grandeur of the Palace of the Grand Master, a testament to the island's storied past as a stronghold of the Order of Knights of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem later known as Knights Hospitaller during the Crusades.

Venture beyond the medieval walls to discover the archaeological marvels scattered across the island. Delve into the ancient ruins of the Acropolis of Lindos, perched atop a rocky promontory overlooking the azure waters of the Aegean. Explore the ancient city of Kamiros, an archaeological site that offers a glimpse into the daily life of the ancient Greeks.

Rhodes is not only a treasure trove of history but also a paradise for sun-seekers and nature enthusiasts. Bask in the Mediterranean sunshine on the island's pristine beaches, from the golden sands of Faliraki to the secluded coves of Anthony Quinn Bay. Embark on scenic hikes through pine-clad hills and verdant valleys, where panoramic views unfold at every turn.


Travelling Back in Centuries

In the 1600 BCE, Greek Minoans came to Rhodes.
In the 1500 BCE, Mycenaean Greeks invaded.
In the 800 BCE, the island’s settlements started to form, with the coming of the Greek Dorians, who built the three important cities of Lindos, Ialyssos and Kameiros.
In 478 BC, the Rhodian cities joined the Athenian League.
In 332 BC, Rhodes then became a part of the empire of Alexander the Great in 332 BC.
In 395 AC, the long Greek Byzantine period began for Rhodes.
In 1306 AC, the Byzantine era of the island’s history came to an end, when the island was occupied by the Order of Knights of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem later known as Knights Hospitaller.
In 1522 AC, Rhodes was under the occupation of the Ottoman Empire for nearly four centuries.
In 1912, Italy seized Rhodes from the Ottomans during the Italo-Turkish War.
In 1947, after the end of WW2, as part of Dodecanesos, the Italians capitulated and Rhodos island, became again part of Greece.


Relevant Mythology

Rhode, was the sea nymph and protector goddess of the island of Rhodes in Greek mythology. She was the daughter of the sea god Poseidon, but there are numerous sea goddesses listed as her mother. When she went to Rhodes, she became the wife of the Sun God Helios, and Rhodes became the centre of the Goddess’ cult. Helios and Rhode had seven sons, collectively called the Heliadae, and one daughter, Electryone. The Heliadae became astronomers and rulers of the island. The Colossus of Rhodes was a statue of the Greek Sun-God Helios, erected in the city of Rhodes, by the Greek sculptor Chares of Lindos in 280 BC. One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, it was constructed to celebrate the successful defense of Rhodes city against attacks.
According to most contemporary descriptions, the Colossus stood approximately 70 cubits, or 33 metres (108 feet) high – approximately the height of the modern Statue of Liberty from feet to crown – making it the tallest statue in the ancient world. It collapsed during the earthquake of 226 BC, although parts of it were preserved. In 653 AC, almost 1000 years later, an Arab force under Muslim general Muawiyah I, conquered Rhodes, and according to the Chronicle of Theophanes, the statue was completely destroyed and the remains sold.