Rhodes Island, Greece.
851 00-09 Rhodes : area 1,401sq. km; perimeter 220km; resident population 115,334; max. altitude 1,216m. Port Authority: 22410 22220, 28888, 28666. Travel and information: www.travel-Rhodes .com
Rhodes Travel Guide
At 16 km, the bay of Afandou opens out, with indications (left) to the island’s golf course (a rarity in the Greek Is lands). Half-way along the bay, and midway between the main road and the parallel road along the shore-line, is the interesting church of the Panaghia Katholiki. The tiny, cruciform, 16th century church is huddled into the remains of an Early Christian basilica whose opus alexandrinum floor in polychrome marble can still be seen outside the west door. Just to the left of the door is a clerical throne, constructed from heterogeneous marble elements taken from the early church. On the north exterior, some of the masonry and two Rhodian marble columns from the Early Christian basilica are embedded in the wall of the church, and other remains of Early Christian buildings can be seen further to the east. Inside, the floor is pebbled and the walls are covered with lively but dam aged paintings. On the south wall, above a row of tormented figures in hell (predominantly female), bound by serpents and licked by flames, is the figure of St Michael dispensing justice; to the left of him are several interesting 18th century votive graffiti of sailing ships, scratched into the plaster by grateful sailors. Eight and a half kilometres inland of Afandou is the quiet and undisturbed rural centre of Psinthos: in its vicinity are two early churches—delightful for their simplicity, antiquity and setting; both are reached by taking the road to the left (signed to Archipolis) on entering the village, which passes the springs of Fasolou. Less than 2km from the junction and just to the left of the road is the minuscule 13th century church of Moni Aghia Triada (key on nail to left of door). The wall-paintings, which cover every surface, are possibly contemporaneous with the building though they are now much obscured by candle soot and have repainted faces in places; on the south wall is a Dei«sis with a finely painted St John the Baptist. On the west wall to the left of the door, the donor, between two rose-trees, presents the church to the Saviour. Further down the same road is the church of the Panaghia Parmeniotissa (reached by turning left at the only eucalyptus tree after 2km—600m of asphalt and 1.4km of track; the church is hidden from view on a small rise about 100m from the road). This is another tiny, isolated building in un-rendered stone. Although the 15th century paintings are generally not in good condition, one area in the apse (above and to the right) shows the careful quality of the draughtsmanship. There are scenes of the Life and Passion of Christ, and a fine Saint Cosmas on the south wall.
Rhodes Island is part of the Dodecanese Island Group, Greece.