The Palace of the Grand Master, originally a Byzantine fortress built at the end of the 7th century A.D., was converted in the early 14th century by the Knights of the order of Saint John into the residence of the Grand Master of the order as well as the administrative headquarters of the state of the Knights.
The Palace was destroyed in 1856, by an explosion of dynamite stored under the Knights’ church of St. John, located opposite the Palace. It was rebuilt during the Italian occupation, in the late 1930s, to serve as the residence of the Italian Governor.
The rooms on the ground floor house two large permanent exhibitions, with the theme “The city of Rodos” the first from its founding in 408 B.C. until the Roman Empire and the second from the 4th century A.D. until the Ottoman occupation (1522). The exhibits are presented in thematic units (early Christian and Paleo-Christian years, economy, daily life, defence and administration), while maps and audiovisual material provide the visitor with a strong image of the island’s history from antiquity to the middle ages.
The courtyard of the Palace is the venue of many Greek and international cultural events ofhigh artistic caliber.
Operation Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 08.00 - 14.40
Adults: 6 euro
Reduced ticket (for persons above 65 years old citizens of the European Union): 3 euro
Free entrance: children under 18 years old