Rhodes is an island of great history. Back in the 10th century B.C until today, the tribes who lived on the island played an important role on how we know it today.
The Hellenic Years
Minoans from Crete were the first who lived on the island. Next came Achaioi tribe from Mykines, Attica and Argos and later during the 11th century B.C. came Dorieis. They created the first connected cities on the island, Lindos, Ialisos and Kamiros, which still exist today. Rhodes was very popular when it came to trading and Rhodians had connections to every major city of that time.
The Gold Years
On 408 B.C. the three big cities combined their powers and created the city of Rhodes which was the capital of the island and eventually evolved to a great center of economics and trade. Apparently after Great’s Alexander’s death, Rhodians allied with the Ptolemians, but on 305 B.C. Macedonians who were one of their biggest enemies came with a great army and captured the island. In honor for their victory, they made Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient word.
The legend says that they funded Colossus by selling the enemy’s war machines. It’s rumored to had been 32 meters tall, standing at the entrance of the harbor, with ships passing between the statue’s legs. Unfortunately 12 years later a strong earthquake destroyed the iconic statue. It was not rebuilt because the earthquake was interpreted as a curse from the gods.
The Byzantine Period had Rhodes under Arab occupation. The following decades can be highlighted by the medieval battles between the knights of St. John and the Ottomans. Ottomans occupied the island for more than 4 centuries, before losing ground, thus Rhodes becoming a part of Italy before its integration with the Greek Nation on 7 March 1948.
All tribes left their mark behind and turned Rhodes into a multi-infuenced island that thousands of visitors from all around the world appreciate every year.
Historically Rhodes had been a crucial geographical position. Through the ages conquerors were continuously trying to dominate the island. Tribes from all over the world wanted to conquer Rhodes because of its perfect spot in the Aegean, which was ideal for trade. From 300 B.C to 1948, when Rhodes joined the Greek Nation, numerous battles took place on the island, but two of them stood out and played the most important role in the island’s long history.
Let’s go back in the Middle Ages when the island was inhabited and protected by the Order of the Knights Hospitaller also known as the Knights of Rhodes. In 1480, Ottomans (west Asia) had the first expedition to rule the island, but their superior army lost the battle. The reason was the flawless strategy of the Knights and the huge walls of the current “Old Town” which slowed down the Ottomans. After days of fighting with lots of casualties, Ottomans decided to retreat. Later, that proved to be only the beginning…
Ottomans lost the battle but not the war.
For years they were planning an even bigger attack and while being led by Sultan Suleiman, they organized a second attempt to conquer the island on 26 June 1522. They arrived with 400 ships and an army of 100,000 soldiers, manpower way greater than the knights who were only 6,000 along with some help from the locals. The war went on for months but eventually the Knights lost ground as 90% of their army fell on the battle along with the Latin and Greek inhabitants of Rhodes. They soon agreed to surrender and accept Suleiman’s offer to abandon the island with anything they could carry on the ships. That was the end of the knights’ stay in Rhodes as after the battle they fled to Malta to continue their legacy.
Middle Ages surely were tough. Now you have the opportunity to relive the medieval action with all of your senses. In our interactive 9D movie cinema you can feel the history of Rhodes rolling in front of your eyes! Travel through the centuries and feel the rain, the fire, the cannon shakes, the strong winds and even the smells of those eras! Only in Throne Of Helios, the first and only 9D Entertaining Center in Europe!
We would like to inform you about the “Throne of Helios” schedule, which will be valid for this week 22/04 – 28/04. Analytically:
MONDAY 10:00 – 20:00
THURSDAY 10:00 – 20:00
WEDNESDAY 10:00 – 20:00
THURSDAY 10:00 – 18:00
FRIDAY 10:00 – 18:00
SATURDAY 10:00 – 18:00
SUNDAY – CLOSED
THANK YOU VERY MUCH
We are very glad that the prestigious BBC North Ireland came to us and watched the “Throne of Helios” the History Of Rhodes.
They enjoyed all the effects of 9D and lived the unique experience!!!!
Dear friends, we would like to inform you that we will remain open, on a daily basis from 10.00 to 22.00, until Sunday 04/11 where we will officially end our summer period for 2018. The start of the winter period 2018-19, it will be Friday 09/11 where we will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5.30 to 22.30 with many and different movies. 😁
Rhodes is a wonderful place and we want to share it all over the world.
In this endeavor, we feel great joy and honor as we have successfully filled the number of 699 critics at Trip Advisor! We would like to thank all of you, who you bothered to mark us, as well as all of you who have visited Rhodes, all these years supporting our effort.
It is really a special honor for us that the overwhelming majority thinks as excellent our effort. The purpose of “Throne of Helios” has been and remains to promote Greek culture and the entertainment of all visitors to Rhodes.
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Get ready for an exciting experience that will be truly unforgettable. Throne of Helios is a highly innovative, original and unique idea not only for Greece, but for the whole Europe as well. This 9D interactive movie theater has two screenings, Throne of Helios (duration 20 minutes) and The Rhodes Race (duration 6 minutes), which were produced in an expert studio in The Netherlands especially for this movie theater, allowing you to get acquainted with the island and its history until today in a very realistic way that combines entertainment and education.