St. Nicholas Fortress

Rhodes, Greece

The Mandraki was the military harbour and was guarded by a tower built between 1464 and 1467 by the Grand Master Zacosta at the end of the natural mole. After the siege of Rhodes in 1480 the Grand Master d'Aubusson added a bastion around the tower transforming it into a guard fortress on the sea.

The castle was built at the place of an old Byzantine church dedicated to St. Nicholas, hence the name. Since the 17th century, a lighthouse was added at the top. 


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Platia Neoriou, Rhodes, Greece
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Founded: 1464
Category: Castles and fortifications in Greece

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TheMighty Snippi (4 months ago)
Okay interesting place.
Markus Rengel (7 months ago)
This unusual circular artifact could have served as platform for the colossus that guarded the port between 280 and 226 BC. Curved blocks of marble incorporated into the fortress structure, considered too intricately cut to have been quarried for that purpose, suggest to be the remnants of a marble base for the statue. However, after snapping at the knees and falling down, due to a great earthquake, it laid on the ground for over 800 years. So, probably it couldn't lay here, not having enough ground to lay for so many years. It is more plausible to have it positioned at the opposite side, where the small statue of the "fallen angel" resembles the falling colossus. For sure we know, the legs were not apart, straddlig the two sides of the port. It must have been just one firm standing statue similar to the Liberty in NY, probably with similar spikes, but unsure about a torch fire.
Lee Woodhouse (15 months ago)
The Fort of St. Nicholas guards the entrance to Mandraki Harbour. It was constructed in the fifteenth century. When I visited, it was closed, but the same can be said for the past few years. It looks impressive during the day, but at night, it looks extra special and impressive lit up.
Dušan Koudela (15 months ago)
Seems to be permanently closed.
Mirek Zabski (18 months ago)
It’s an old military sea stronghold. A construction surrounded by a circular bastion. Built-in fifteenth century C.E. The Middle Ages were not a peaceful era. Military bastions acted as an important role in medieval cities. They protected the harbour, medieval cities and economic affairs. The fortress of Agios Nikolaos located in military harbour Mandraki it’s the right place for people interested in old military fortifications. Fort of St. Nicholas houses a lighthouse in constant use since 1863. I visited Fort of St. Nicholas in October 2016.
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