A number of the most significant archaeological findings of the islands of Dodecanese are found in the Archaeological museum of Rhodes, which was constructed to be used as the Main Hospital of the city during the Knights’ era (15th century). The second hospital used by the Knights, now houses the library of the Archaeological Institute.
The visitor who enters the Old City from the harbour’s entrance, realises that the museums’ building occupies his whole range of vision. After the main entrance, one finds himself in the big inner courtyard. Exactly opposite him on a big pedestal, one can see a sited lion that holds with his forelegs the head of Taurus.
Inside the building the collection is of a great interest and consists of epitaph plaques from the post-Classical, Hellenistic, Roman and Knights’ periods as well as a number of interesting statues including two Kouros and two states of Aphrodite. The smaller of the two is known as the Aphrodite of Rhodes and is consider of particular interest. Made from Parian marble, it is more than 2.000 years old. Slightly older and displayed in the adjoining room is the Afroditi Thalassia, which was created in the 4th century BC. Moreover, there is a collection of earthenware urns and pots.
Open: Tuesday to Sunday – 08:00 to 16:00
Address: Platia Mousiou, Rhodes 85100, Greece, GR
Tel: +30 22410 27657