Rhodes

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Rhodes, Greece, May 2013

+ The place

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+ My feeling and historical part

In Rhodes, I rented a quad… which allowed me to travel wherever I wanted by taking small roads as much as possible but above all roads that were impassable by car. Anthony Quinn Bay is also worth a visit as well as the old town of Rhodes or Lindos. In Rhodes, do not hesitate to travel the small roads. You will often discover a small church, very simple which asks only to be visited. So you can feast your eyes and your taste buds. Enjoy the grandiose remains, their history but also the climate, the landscapes and their cuisine. Orthodox churches are also a splendor. The interiors are magnificent, covered in gold, in various colors and paintings with breathtaking details. The views of the sea in the azure blue color that makes you want to cool off.
Historical part
On the current territory of Greece, the climate has allowed a good conservation of even very ancient remains, and writing appeared early: the history of the country is therefore very well known, from ancient Greece to present-day Greece in passing through the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, independence, monarchy, civil war and colonel dictatorship periods.
Since the 19th century, two schools have clashed for the writing of the history of Greece: that of a continuity of Hellenism between antiquity and the present day, which especially take into account the evolution of the language. , and that of a profound difference between classical Greece and contemporary Greece, introduced through the Byzantine and then Ottoman Empires, whose monotheistic religions are analyzed as a fundamental cultural rupture. Greece is therefore a country steeped in history as evidenced by the many monuments visible in Athens but also throughout the country.
Rhodes suffered the same influence, but it was not always attached to Greece. The Order of Hospitallers settled there for more than 2 centuries from 1307 but had to flee in front of the Turks led by Soliman Le Magnifique in 1522. Italy finally seized the island in 1912. In 1936 , fascism arrived on the island but the life of the Jewish population continued without too many difficulties. It must be said that the Jewish presence was important. In the 16th and 17th centuries, the island, which already had “Romaniote” Jews, welcomed so many Sephardic Jews rejected from Spain that it took the nickname “Little Jerusalem”. With the German capitulation, the island was placed under English protectorate then under Greek sovereignty in 1948.
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