The island of Rhodes is situated at the crossroads of two major sea routes of the Mediterranean between the Aegean Sea and the coast of the Middle East, as well as Cyprus and Egypt. The meeting point of three continents, it has known many civilizations.
Throughout its long history the different people who settled on Rhodes left their mark in all aspects of the island's culture: art, language, architecture. Its strategic position brought to the island great wealth and made the city of Rhodes one of the leading cities of the ancient Greek world.
Rhodes is the largest island in the Dodecanese. Its capital city, located at its northern tip, is the capital of the Prefecture with the Medieval Town in its centre. In 1988 the Medieval Town was designated as a World Heritage City. The Medieval Town of Rhodes is the result of different architectures belonging to various historic eras, predominantly those of the Knights of St. John.
The logo of the Municipality of Rhodes
With a resolution by the City Council of Rhodes the current logo of the Municipality (seen above) was adopted. It is inspired by an ancient coin baring the head of god Helios. The transcript writes "Demos Rodion" which means City of the Rhodians, as the city of Rhodes was known, since its foundation in 408 BC, during the classical and hellenistic years.