Rhodes, inhabited since the Neolithic period from the so-called mythic Τελχῖνες, Telkhines, with a lively history through the ages and surrounded by many different cultures. Things that happened in the past became rumors, the time passed and the rumors became legends. Legends that embraces the land, whispering its past.
Crowded places of the old, stands isolated and ignored from the busy inhabitants and visitors of our age, never explored, never researched…
Let us guide you through some of the anchoring myths that are whispered through Rhodes’s mountains and roaming on the morning breeze through the pine forests of the emerald island.
Village of the Dwarves and their Lake!
In Rhodes, in the middle of the 15th century, a large number of Alchemists arrivals was observed. It is speculated that the reason for their arrival was the search for Mandragora, a plant with anthropomorphic toxic root, which was widely used in medicine at the time. But Mandrake of Rhodes is the only species in the world that produces purple flowers and its fruit looks like a small golden-red apple. That is why it was also called “Satan’s Apple”.
The Order of the Knights of St.John, collaborated with the Alchemists and was influenced by their philosophy, as evidenced by the various alchemical and occult symbols in their tombs. For this reason they hosted one of the most important alchemists, the Englishman George Ripley, but they let him go soon because his experiments disturbed the abbot of the palace and other clergy. It is very likely that the dwarves did not arrive on the island by luck at all. The time of their appearance shows that it coincides with the time of the arrival of the alchemists for whom we know very well that in those years they went around the western courtyards of the palaces, to demonstrate their abilities. So, perhaps, the dwarves followed these alchemists (many times each alchemist on his travels was accompanied by a dwarf) who arrived in Rhodes to impress the Grand Master of the order and to collect the famous mandrake of Rhodes
The remains of their village stands between the villages Embona and Salakos and not far you can find the Lake of the Dwarves, a small physical lake in the woods.
Dieudonné de Gozon and the Dragon
Another fascinating story of the medieval period is the Dragon of Rhodes. A terrifying beast, killing cattle’s and interrupting travelers just outside the city of Rhodes. Despite the orders of the previous Grand Master not to disturb the beast, Gozon slew the dragon, and hung the head on one of the seven gates of the medieval town of Rhodes. The head was on display until around 1837, when it was disposed of by workers responsible for repairing the castle.
The reported area of the dragon is today a perfect spot for romantic walks and magical photos of the sunset. Location on map