History Mentor Blog

Philerimos Fort A visit to Philerimos (Filerimos) is a must when on Rhodes and that should include Philerimos fort. Most people visit the church with monastery and Byzantine castle, but there are other monuments, sadly closed to the public. One is the Doric fountain, supposedly due...

In part two of Rhodes Rivers, we look at two rivers that flow onto the West coast.   Kremasti   The first is the main river between Kremasti and the airport, near the former site of palace of Villanova. Villanova was one of the grand master’s summer residences outside...

Everyone knows about Rhodes’ St. Nicholas Tower, Naillac Tower and the Tower of France (aka Tower of the Angels). Between them, they protected Mandraki Harbour, the Commercial Harbours and Acandia Bay. However, there is another possible tower 825m from St. Nicholas Tower, where the West...

A very interesting article by guest writer Andrew Mitchell on teaching mindfulness to middle school students. Visit educational consultant Eleni Vardaki's Blog Eleni is a well-qualified and experienced teacher who designs one-to-one Youth Mentoring programmes. These programmes are ideal for students who want to learn how to...

Not far from the Neolithic settlement, in a lush valley, are the remains of Choirokitia commandery.   [caption id="attachment_484" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Choirokitia Valley. Centre: Panagia tou Kampou Church[/caption]   Along with Kolossi and Gastria Castle, these physical remains are all that survive of the Knights Hospitaller’s presence on Cyprus....

At the northern tip of Ammochostos/Famagusta Bay, Gastria Castle Cyprus is only 10 metres above sea level, but it has a good view out to sea. Originally built by the Knights Templar, on their dissolution the Knights Hospitaller gained control of the castle in the...

Northern Karpathos is still relatively unknown, apart from Olymbos. Yet Olymbos is part of a string of settlements linked by history and agriculture, indeed agricultural history! The people of Olymbos farmed not just the land round their town, but also Avlona, the other valleys thereabouts,...

The best preserved Hospitaller monument on Cyprus, and the most researched, is Kolossi Castle, but there's more to Kolossi than the 'castle'. Firstly, the castle is more of a keep than a defensive structure, used as an administrative centre for the Grand Commandery of Cyprus...

In case you hadn't scrolled to the bottom of the homepage, there is also a History Mentor Facebook On this site, we deal with the educational side of History, but on the Facebook page we look at History in general. In case you missed them, in...