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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bart (6 months ago)
Looks ok, all the yachts in there make the whole experience even more interesting
spyros stamatas (12 months ago)
Fortified medieval lighthouse, it is possible to visit inside but not always open. Cannot park near here but your best option is to find parking either at the ferry port (15mins away) or at the new town.
Catalin Hulea (12 months ago)
Impressive. Unfortunately, it cannot be visited from the inside, so tourists have to be content with the outside view.
Paul Stark (19 months ago)
A nice walk, plenty of kitty company. You can't enter the fort.
Dave T (2 years ago)
Great spot at the entrance to the harbour and great example of its type however it seems to be permanently closed now which is a shame as it is one of fhe most picturesque places in town
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