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Rhodes is a mine of culture. Below are just three of the places delegates might want to visit whenever there is a bit of free time from the conference.


The Municipal Art Gallery of Rhodes

The Municipal Art Gallery is housed in the first building on the right, as visitors enter the Old Town of Rhodes through the Freedom Gate. An old two-storey building on Simi Square, this municipal gallery has a Medieval architecture and arches on the ground floor that lead to the entrance. This gallery belongs to the Museum of Neohellenic Art of the Municipality of Rhodes.

Inside the gallery, visitors have the opportunity to see some of the most representative works of the Greek modern art. Works of Fotis Kontoglou, Spyros Vassiliou, N. Hadzikyriakos-Gikas, Yannis Spiropoulos and of other prominent Greek artists are featured there, in this highly representative museum of the 20th century Greek art. Although the museum owns about 690 pieces, only 90 of them are available to public disposal.

The founder of the Municipal Gallery of Rhodes was Andreas Ioannou, a historian of Modern Greek Art and the Prefect of the Dodecanese in 1948. Studying the modern Greek art since the 1950s, in a time when even the National Gallery of Athens would focus its interest in the 19th century, Andreas Ioannou established this gallery with the aim to systematically own and protect the work of modern artists.


The Aquarium of Rhodes

The Aquarium of Rhodes is housed in the building of the Hydrobiological Station, within the limits of Rhodes city. The building was constructed in 1934-36, during the Italian occupation, to house the Institute of Biological Research. After the liberation of the Dodecanese islands, it was named as the Greek Hydrobiological Institute and also included an aquarium and a museum.

The aim of the Aquarium is to present and preserve the species of the Mediterranean Sea. It constitutes of a circular area with 13 big tanks and 15 small ones.

Fish and organisms from the Mediterranean are selected anddisplayed there in public view. The tanks are made of cement and their bottoms are covered with sand, shingles and corals. The water in the tanks is mainly filtered sea water.

These tanks host different kinds of sea species, such as sea turtles, dolphins, sharps, seals, mollusks, echinoderms, crabs and many kinds of fish. Apart from these tanks, there is also a big underground area that serves for stocking new species or sea animals that need special treatment and protection. This place is frequently used to hospitalize sea turtles and seals from the nearby waters.

The museum displays embalmed sea species, like dolphins, sea turtles and sharks that are certainly worth to visit. The Hydrobiological Station of Rhodes runs today a lot of research on the oceanography of the Dodecanese islands and works as a model research unit in the Mediterranean area.


The Archaeological Museum of Rhodes

The Archaeological Museum is located in the Old Town of Rhodes. It is housed in the Medieval building of the Hospital of the Knights, in the Palace of the Grand Master. The construction of this building began in 1440 by Grand Master de Lastic and it was completed in 1948 by Grand Master d'Aubusson. The building was renovated in the early 20th century by the Italians, as was the whole Medieval Town of Rhodes.

The Archaeological Museum contains today findings from excavations all over the island and some small islets of Dodecanese. Visitors can see a collection of vases, figurines, small objects and tomb groups from were found in Ancient Ialysos and Ancient Kameiros and date from the Geometric till the Roman times. There are also mosaic floors from the Hellenistic times and funerary slabs of the Knights.


(*) Information taken from www.greeka.com