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“Interesting ruins on the high rocks”
Review of Monolithos Castle

Monolithos Castle
Ranked #10 of 267 things to do in Rhodes
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

Interesting place located in the mountains above the seashore on the high rocks, where we found the ruins of very very old castle of knights. Children were impressed with the location and ruins themselves.
Though it was not easy to climb up using old and high stairs, but I recommend that. Upstairs you will also find small monastery of St. Panteleimon - the saint who support doctors and pharmacists. I like that.

Car park and small cafe at the roots of the rocks available.

P.S. I think only tourist groups on buses and cars can be used to reach that place.
P.P.S. Cute village of Monolithos nearby support the feeling of ancient place.

1  Thank Stalevar
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

We went at sunset and had the castle to ourselves. It was perfect and the most romantic evening of our holiday. The cafe next to the entrance was also a nice stop off point.

1  Thank bigmeads21
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Reviewed June 13, 2013

Not much of the castle left but it feels like the edge of the world. The little church is very pretty.

Thank petitable
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

Good climb up the ruins to see amazing views! Lovely little church on the top!!! Saw lots of lizards here

Thank Lesley B
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

Get ready for some mountain climbing as you head through the woods for the Monolithos Castle. It was built in the 1480ies by the Knights of St John as a protective fortification, a very effective fortification one might say, as the castle was never conquered. Going there by foot gives a hint of why.

Below the mountain path, in the woods, you come across an almost symmetrical circle. As no material is given on the site, without Google, you are left to guessing, so we decided on this circle being a circle of conjuration. Less imaginative people would probably attribute this circle to a place for parking visitors horses, the ruins of a reception building perhaps, or a small fold for live stock.

Passing through the circle, a rather steep climb up a few hundred steps forming the stony stairs leading to the one-was castle, 340 meters atop the ocean.

The castle itself, unfortunately, is almost perished now. What remains, is a few wall sections and some very deteriorated foundation blocks. What is left, however, is the remains of an old chapel, overlooking the bay offering a fantastic view of the island. Also, in the middle of what must have been the courtyard, is a relatively new chapel. Here, you can donate to the chapel as well as light a candle and send a thought to someone near and dear.

The site is very serene, and beautiful and we quickly decided that the otherwise hot walk up the stairs was well worth the effort. Stepping close to the remains of the outer castle wall, looking over the wall and 340 meters down, gives a funny feeling in the stomach, and you cannot help but to think how many people must have given their lives to build this place some 500 years ago.

Thankfully, the place was not too crowded with tourists with time of year, which offered a lot of photo opportunities, and the views from the top of the mountain is something that can hardly be matched by any other places on the island of Rhodes.

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