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The old resort of Turkish domination: ‘Thermal Springs of Kallithea'.
Rhodes had until the Second World War, sun, seam culture and other attractions: a seaside resort with mineral springs

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In the exquisite spa Kallithea on the east coast, the wealthy did a treatment for their arthritis or other illnesses which were not discussed, such as kidney disease or chronic constipation. During the Second World War, the spa park was bombed; however, most of the buildings has been preserved; a foundation is now working on the renovation. The design of the Italian architect Pietro Lonibardi is clearly inspired by the Orient: above the current dry spring from which sulphurous water bubbled, stands a dome building; through the windows and arcades shines warm sunlight inside.

The trees surrounding it provides the whole, an exotic touch. The movie 'Holidays on Rhodes' from the English crime series "The Adventures of Hercules Poirot' shows how the spa might have looked during the best days. A large part of this drama about jealousy, with fatal consequences, was recorded in 1989 in the Thermal Spring of Kallithea. The buildings are being renovated and will soon (2003-2004) taken into use again. The sulphurous water is not without effect, evidenced by the long row of toilets. At the bottom of the spa town is a small sandy beach. At a kiosk may be bought cold drinks and snacks.

In the twenties, the Italians built between Rhodes and Faliráki, a thermal bath near the sea. Its architecture seems to be inspired from the story of the Thousand and One Nights. Palm trees, domes and colorful glass windows provide the whole, an oriental appearance. Along the narrow fjord-like bay, under the palm trees and in the shade of trees are numerous loungers. The water through ladders, is easily accessible.