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THE PALACE & THE BYZANTINE MUSEUM [09]



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The Byzantine Museum is in the (now rebuilt) Grand Master’s Palace, at the top of the street of the Knights. Important exhibits in a very impressive environment.

Part of the Palace's Gardens, where ancient Greek statues are kept and important activities took place through the centuries, is open to the public. The way to the gardens is to the right of the main entrance of the building.
After visiting the Palace and the Gardens, you may also want to Walk On The Defensive Wall (read about it further below).
Please Note: The wall can be visited Monday - Friday, 12:00 - 15:00.
             

The Palace has been built where a temple of the Sun God, Apollo and, according to some, the Colossus once stood. 
A Byzantine Monastery was built in the 7th century. The Knights built  the palace in the 14th century, as their administrative center and residence of their Grand Master.

Opposite the palace, amongst ruins from different historical periods, one can see parts of the ruins of the Knights' Cathedral of St. John. The church was destroyed in 1856 by a large explosion of gunpowder hidden in its basement.
Most of the important buildings of the Medival Town (including the Palace) were also blown to the ground.  

Ask us or your guide for the interesting details that lead to the explotion.

Try to exit the Palace before 15:00, to start the WALK ON TOP OF THE WALL . 

HOURS:   April - Oct  08:00 - 19:40 (all days)   

                  Nov- Mar  08:00 - 15:30 (except Tuesdays)

ENTRANCE:  € 8

"PACKAGE TICKET" :  €10.   It covers the Arch. Museum, Palace of the Grand Masters, Our Lady of the Castle and the Decorative Arts Collection.    

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ADDRESS: Street of the Knights (top)   /  TEL: central 22413 65270 / Palace 22413 65257 

 

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