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THE HOUSE

It is the first house you see when you enter the Old Town from the Gate of St. John. The locals call this gate the “Red Gate ”, in memory of those who lost their lives defending it. 

A knight’s residence, with a small church dedicated to the Saint in its yard, once stood where the house currently stands. It was the residence of the knight in charge of the Gate's garrison. 

When the Knights handed Rhodes over to the Turks in 1522, Turkish and (much later) Greek families began living in the big house. They had different origins, oponent religions and bitter memories.

However, they lived in harmony under the same roof and raised their children together. They embraced their differences, celebrated Christmas, Easter and Ramadan alike and cared for one another. 

Two hundred years ago, one of the owners of the house, Ahmet Aga, proved that such care did indeed exist. He used a clay pipe system to bring running water from miles away, not to keep just for his household. He placed an ancient marble sarcophagus in front of the house, turned it into a fountain and gave the priceless gift of water to his neighbours and passers-by. 

We named the rooms and areas of the hotel after people who used to live in the house. Gülbin, Katina, Deniz, Irene, Orhan, Nil, Loxandra. 

The house will always be theirs. We gave it a new life and look after it, making sure it continues to provide serenity and warmth to those who choose to stay there.


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