Rhodes curiosities and traditions
Rhodes and wine
Rhodes was one of the first islands of the Aegean to drill the cultivation of vines for the production of wine which, thanks to its fleet and its favorable position, was largely exported. Already in the middle of the VII century was one of the main markets oenological Mediterranean. Archaeological finds and ancient sources testify to this reputation. The amphorae rodie, designed to mail for jamming to one another within the cargo bay of ships, have been found in the whole Mediterranean area in the Danube and around the Black Sea. The oldest date back to the VII century B.C. and their origin is certain to track of stamps depicting the pink or the head of Helios (Symbols of Rhodes). Often these stamps also contained the name of the official responsible for verification of the origin of the wine.
It is a game very practiced on the island of Rhodes and you can see him to practice within the local characteristic called "Greek Kafenions". The Tavli means table and consists of a wooden painted very similar to backgammon Anglo-saxon. It is one of the favorite pastimes by Greeks; you play, sometimes with peace of mind and more often loudly for simple fun or for a bet. The variants more practiced are three; "portes" with rules and dynamics of the game very similar to backgammon; The "plakotò" where a pawn seeking immobilizzarne an opponent in the same position without letting them way out; finally "fevga" where Greek rules and the Turkish influences blend together.
It is called EcoFlims, takes place on the island of Rhodes has annually and is the festival of cinema environment. This is the only event of its kind in the whole Mediterranean. To EcoFlims protagonists are documentaries and short films and videos to content ecological-environmental. At the international competition descend on field documentaries and films produced in the last two years and the winners undertake to invest the winnings in a new film having always a theme to environmental background.
Knights of St John's hostels
The Knights of the Order of St John have a considerable historical importance of the island of Rhodes. Arrived for the first time in 1306, and helped to change the face of the island itself. There are many monuments and buildings, still today well visible, testify to their presence, among these is the Palace of the Grand Master, the mighty defensive walls, the Tower of S. Nicola to protect the port, the hospital and so forth. A curiosity is represented by the via dei Cavalieri, a long path not more than 200 meters that follows the path of an old road that leads from the palace of the Grand Master to ports in the vicinity of the harbor. Here were the most important buildings of knighthood, hostels of the "Languages". Each "language" (The Knights came from different European areas including English, French, Italian, Spanish, etc.) had a hostel which consisted of buildings with many rooms and service rooms. The size it was in proportion to the number of riders who hosted. The Knights not dwelt in hostels but gathered in these to eat and for general meetings.
It is called "Ladigesocypris Ghigii" but in Rhodes is known as ghizani. This is a small fish of the family of cyprinids that lives exclusively in fresh waters of the island and its name comes from that of a scholar italian (Alessandro Ghigi) who discovered in the first years of the twentieth century. Authentic force of nature in spite of its small size, manages to survive in the rivers where the water abounds in the cold months but that is draining in summer. The ghizani lives on average three years and is one of the European species at greater risk of extinction. Protected by European laws and those Greeks, on worst enemies are the scarce presence of water and pollution.