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Rhodes is one of the Greek islands. It lies in the South Aegean region in the prefecture of Dodecanese, between the Greek mainland and Cyprus, not far from Turkey. The capital city of the island is Rhodes, which Old Town has been declared a World Heritage Site. In the past, the island was famous mainly because of the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World (big bronze statue standing in the harbour, built in 280 BC and destroyed by earthquake in 224 BC). Today, it is a famous tourist destination.

Rhodes is an island with spearhead shape and its area is 1,400.684 square kilometers (541 square miles). It is nearly 80 kilometres long and 38 kilometres wide, the coastline is then 220 kilometres long. The interior of the island is mainly mountainous, highest peak is Mount Attavyros with the altitude of 1,216 metres above sea level.

The capital city is located at the northern end of the island. It features both ancient and modern harbours, as well as an airport (14 kilometres south-west). Besides this, there are some other towns, small villages and beach resorts on the island. Administratively the island is divided into 10 municipalities. Tourism is the main income.

The population is around 117,000 with the density 84 inhabitants per square kilometer. More than 80,000 people live in the City of Rhodes. Main religion is Greek Orthodox.

There are several historical sited on the island like Acropolis of Lindos, the Acropolis of Rhodes, the Temple of Apollo, ancient Ialysos, ancient Kamiros, the Governor's Palace, Rhodes Old Town (walled medieval city), the Palace of the Grand Masters, Kahal Shalom Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter, the Archeological Museum, the ruins of the castle of Monolithos, the castle of Kritinia and St. Catherine Hospice.

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