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The secret rare garden in the heart of the Medieval City of Rhodes. Flowers and plants from 1484 when the Knights were in Rhodes

It is an oasis of greenery and fragrances in a special part of the Old Town of Rhodes.

The secret rare garden in the heart of the Medieval City of Rhodes. Flowers and plants  from 1484 when the Knights were in Rhodes

The medieval  Garden in Rhodes
“Marc’s garden” is a special garden, a garden of memory and hope, a symbol of renaissance.

Tucked away between the walls of the old town of Rhodes behind the Byzantine chapel of St Mark, the garden extends along the ramparts to the Monastery of St George, with a glimpse to the north of the palace of the Grand Master of the Order of the Knights Hospitaller of St John.

Two tall cypresses stand like candelabra beside the fountain; the presence of fine white-berried myrtles besides the chapel of St Mark bears witness to the age-old sacred nature of the site. In the vicinity of bitter orange, lemon and mandarin trees the branches of the old pomegranate trees are bowed down by the weight of their fruit, symbol of memory and rebirth.

Marc de Montalembert Foundation

An institution that promotes intercultural dialogue in the Mediterranean region, and a medieval garden with the cultivation of trees and plants that were cultivated in the time of the Knights on the island, is the "legacy" that the young Frenchman Marc de Montalembert has left in Rhodes.

In 1993, Marc lost his life, diving in the Aegean, in the region of Turkey, and in his memory, his parents created the foundation and the medieval garden, in the heart of the Medieval City of Rhodes.

Marc de Montalembert used to live in the Old Town of Rhodes, which he loved very much and in letters to his parents he had mentioned this garden.

In his memory, his parents, Count Marc-René de Montalembert and his wife Manuela bought a property in the Medieval City and created the foundation and a rare garden with medieval plants and trees.

 

 

The "Marc de Montalembert" foundation enables young people from Mediterranean countries to discover the diversity of Mediterranean cultures and the multiculturalism of the region.

It aims to promote cultural understanding and the development of intercultural dialogue.

Every year it awards a scholarship to a young scientist for research concerning the Mediterranean while at the same time "quietly" hosting meetings and seminars on cultural issues as well as researchers and artists in its premises.

From the year 1994 until today, 27 such "scholarships" have been given and research has been done on a huge range of objects related to culture, xenophobia, diversity, morals, people's beliefs.

This year's "scholarship" went to the French Marine Messina, who offers volunteer work at a reception center for young and unaccompanied immigrants in Cyprus.

It should be noted that the beneficiaries of the "scholarship", every year, are the young men and women up to the age of 27 and who come from one of the 23 states bordering the Mediterranean Sea.

Recently, the "Foundation" also acquired the adjacent tourist accommodation, which was renovated and now functions as a guest house for 15 people for those who are invited to the island in order to discuss cultural issues of the societies.

The medieval garden

The garden of the institution located next to the medieval walls of the city and between the Byzantine churches of St. George and St. Mark is a separate garden with 50 species of trees, flowers and plants, mentioned in writings from 1484, when the Knights were in Rhodes .

Lemon trees, mandarin trees, orange trees, medlar trees, myrtles, laurels, anemones, lavender, mint, thyme, acanthus, santolina, jasmine, artemisias, dictamom, daffodils, violas, daffodils, 13 types of roses and many other species are cultivated.

All these were planted and cultivated after it was established from various writings that they existed on the island during the time of the Knights. It is an oasis of greenery and fragrances in a special part of the Old Town of Rhodes.

 


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