kolimbia excursie Rhodos | Nikos-papas.nl'Filerimos' who seeks solitude.

  For the inhabitants of Rhodes Town, the Filérimos mountain is a popular recreational area. On the 267 meter high plateau it is relatively cool even in summer and on the way up you always have a beautiful view of the coast. The acropolis of lalyssós stood here in Classical Antiquity.

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Leave the town via the western coastal road and take the exit to the left", in Triánta; the road is signposted.

You have to take your time on the uphill ride, the many hairpin bends make it impossible to drive fast. Just 20 minutes from the busy city center, you will find yourself in a completely different world here: imposing pine trees on both sides of the road, the scent of herbs and chirping cicadas. You can hear that one car or moped coming from afar. Filerimos means 'friend of solitude'. The mountain is said to have carried this name since the Middle Ages when a hermit settled here.

The buildings and ruins on the Filerimos date back three millennia. The 10th century monastery seems to be the best preserved; Italian architects rebuilt it on the ruins of the old buildings before World War II. Lush bougainvillea grows along the walls between the arcades around the courtyard, the gravel is neatly raked. It's hard to believe that no one has lived here for a long time. The church of Agios Georgios Chostós is not immediately visible. As the nickname Chostós (buried, hidden) suggests, it is largely sunk into the slope. The frescoes depict scenes from the life of Christ (including the betrayal of Judas, the flagellation and the crucifixion), but also kneeling knights and the eight-armed cross of the St. John. However, the church is not always open.

At the very top of the plateau are the remains of a small temple to Athena from the 3rd and 2nd century BC, an early Christian basilica and a few chapels from the 15th and 16th century.

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