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The city of the Colossus
A journey through culture, nature and nightlife on an MSC Mediterranean Cruise, you will tour one of the largest islands of the Dodecanese: Rhodes. Famous for the mytholog-ical statue of the Colossus of Rhodes, the god Helios, this island will fascinate you with its archaeological heritage set in a landscape of beaches, crystal-clear waters and trendy bars.
Your MSC Cruise will take you to a city with two different faces. Two trip proposals for the same town: the old city in which you can discover the harmonious coexistence between different styles, from classical to medieval and from Ottoman to Italian, plus the new quar-ters in which you can relax for hours strolling through boutiques, trendy bars and taverns.
An MSC Excursion will take you to the charming "white" village of Lindos, not far from Rhodes. A small jewel which you can appreciate for its archaeological sites on the Rock, a hill 116-meters above sea level, and the Castle of the Knights. Inside the acropolis, you will find the imposing Doric temple of Athena Lindia, dating back to the 4th century BC. Looking around, you'll discover the most beautiful viewpoint. The archaeological park, overlooking the sea, will be a spectacular background for your photographs.
If you want to admire the medieval walls of a beautiful Mediterranean city, take the MSC Excursion to visit the ancient island of Rhodes. You will walk through the walls of the city's gates, breathe-in a chivalrous atmosphere while strolling in the governmental dis-trict, through the beautiful Street of the Knights and the monumental quarter, south of the castle.
Another MSC Excursion will take you to the Grand Master's Palace in Rhodes: an imposing temple building built in the fourteenth century on an ancient Byzantine fortress. The palace with its huge towers next to the main gate will give you the opportunity to relive the past splendour of the town, once a strategic district hub for the Knights of Saint John, that inhabited the island between the fourteenth and sixteenth century. Converted into a prison by the Ottomans, then damaged by an explosion in 1856 was finally rebuilt in the first half of the twentieth century.