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Profitis Ilias

Approximately 25 klm from the city of Rhodes, in the area of Salakos, Profitis Ilias is the third highest mountain of the island, after Attaviros and Akramitis. On  the summit stands the monastery of Profitis Ilias, and just before the summit the road leads to the hotel “Elafos and Elafina”. It was built between 1929 and 1932 and initially housed Italian army officers. The hotel takes its’ name from the local species of deer, called dama dama, which still livesin the wild throughout the island. “Elafos and Elafina” is a renovated and modernized establishment, which retains its’ original architectural traits and the area of the mountain is ideal for walks, hiking and exploring the local flora and fauna. Opposite the hotel stands the currently abandoned de Vecchi mansion, the country house of the Italian Governor of the Dodecanese from 1936 to 1940. The mansion is also believed to have been built to be used as a summer home for Benito Mussolini. North of the compound, one of the paths leads to the small church of Taxiarhis, from which you can enjoy a breathtaking view.   

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