The Monastery of Filerimos is located on a hill above Ialyssos, about 10 km from Rhodes Town, so it's a bit off. We did the classic touristy thing and took a taxi, whom later picked us up again a few hours later.
So the monastery was built in the 15th century by the Knights of Saint John, yes I do visit a lot of places regaring the Knights of Saint John, or Knights Hospitallers as they are also called. The Knights had conquered the island that time. Inside, there was the holy icon of the Virgin Mary that the Knights had probably brought to Rhodes from Jerusalem. But the icon you see inside the monastery is only a copy of the original one. When the Ottomans conquered the island in 1523, the Knights left and took the icon with them and it is shown today in the National Museum of Montenegro. So I guess a trip to Montenegro would be in order.
I'm totally in love with the history surronding the Order of Saint John and Knights Hospitallers, whereever I go I always seem to look for places that connects me to that time in history.
Do you have any part in history that you are addicted to?
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