Many are the religious monuments that
testify to the great historical and cultural value of Rhodes, an island at the
crossroads of civilizations with a history of 2400 years. From the ancient
temples of Hellenistic times, the early Christian Byzantine monasteries and
churches, until the Ottoman mosque and the churches with Gothic influences!
Unique places of worship, which show the rich cultural and religious heritage
of Rodos and the historical path of Christianity in Rhodes.
According to tradition, Christianity was
popularised in Rhodes by the Apostle Paul, who arrived and first preached the
new cult in Lindos. In the years that followed, the Christian religion was
established and spread, resulting in the founding of numerous churches throughout
Rhodes, a crossroad of cultures since
ancient times, encapsulates in its historical path the presence of various
religious groups. Various impressive mosques for the Muslim community and the
Synagogue, the most important religious building of the Jewish community
survive in the city of Rhodes. Along with two Roman catholic churches in the
City of Rhodes, namely St. Francis, in the namesake district of the city and
Santa Maria’s, in the new town.
churches and monasteries
Many are the churches and the monasteries,
of great religious and historical value all over the island. From the
impressive cathedreal in the city centre, and the byzantine churches of the
Medieval town which because of great historical value operate as museums, to
the peaceful monasteries in the Villages. Just to mention a few of them:
The church of the Annunciation of the
Virgin Mary is situated in the area of Mandraki. It was built in 1925 by the
Italian, its architecture brings together Gothic and Romanesque elements. The
church’s interior is decorated with Neo-byzantine frescoes painted by renowned
hagiographer Fotis Kontoglou.
The Cathedral of Holy Virgin Mary -
“Eisodia” for the locals was built in the year 1750 and has he exquisite temple
art and pulpit built in the year 1842.
Agios Fanourios, one of the oldest and few
byzantine churches in the Medieval city still in operation is celebrated with
great reverence and solemnity.
At the citadel of Filerimos there is the Church
of the Lady Filerimos built by the Knights of the Order of St. John as well as
many religious monuments of ancient, Byzantine and Knights’ period.
The monastery of Agios Nikolaos in
Fountoukli next to one of the cleanest and richest natural water sources of the
island named Fountoukli and has maintained tetraconch church with frescoes from
the 15 th century
Thevillage Asclepeion hosts the Byzantine church of the Assumption, which
has the only murals on the islands known to date picturing the Revelation of
John the Divine.
The church and the religious and folk art museum are worth a
The monastery of Archangel Michael in
Tharri is located within a very short distance from the village of Laerma. The
idyllic, verdant landscape and the awe inspired church of the Archangel, with
its stunning murals rightly render the monastery as one of the most popular
religious tourism destinations in Rodos.
The monasteries of Virgin Pantanassa in
Soroni, the Archangel Michael in Tharri, Virgin Ipseni in Lardos, Virgin
Paramythia in Afandou, Virgin in Skiadi, Virgin Faneromeni in Ixia, Virgin Mary
in Filerimos and Agios Nektarios in Kryoneri, near Archipoli, are peaceful
places of prayer.