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|The village and the castle of Arhangelos or Archangelos on the island of Rhodos
The village of Archangelos or Arhangelos is one of the larger villages of Rhodes and has about 6,000 inhabitants (only Rhodes Town and Trianta have more inhabitants). It is 30 kilometers south of Rhodes Town on the east side of the island. Notable are the large white clock tower of the Archangel Michael Church in the village built that was built in 1845, and the castle of Saint John that was built by the Knights which stands on top of the mountain on the outskirts of the village. The castle was built after the fall of Constantinople in 1453 by the Knights of St John to protect the island against a possible Ottoman invasion. On the walls of the castle is written in large letters OXI (No). It was painted on these walls as a sign against the military dictatorship of the 70s. In the church of St. John church there are well preserved frescoes from the 14th century.
Archangelos (meaning "Archangel") is a fairly bustling village with all sorts of facilities. The Archangel Michael is the patron saint of the village. The inhabitants live mainly from tourism, agriculture (olive oil and fruits), livestock and pottery. There are also carpets and leather shoes produced. Initially the village makes a bit of a messy and crowded impression, yet Archangelos is quite traditional with old houses and narrow streets. From Archangelos a five-kilometer long winding road leads to the beautiful sandy beach of Stegna, where you can find nice restaurants and shops.
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