Springs of Kallithea
The Springs of Kallithea in Rhodes, Greece: Since the ancient times, the springs of Kallithea in Rhodes were famous for its therapeutic powers. They could treat various diseases and conditions, such as arthritis, obesity, diabetes, tropical diseases, dysentery, malaria, allergies, asthma, cystitis and intestinal conditions. People from the surrounding islands, the coasts of Asia Minor and other Mediterranean countries would come to Rhodes to get healed with baths in these springs.
As recently as 1912, the Italian governors of Rhodes ordered a systematic study of these waters by distinguished hydrologists and doctors. In December 1928, the first buildings were constructed above the thermal springs, that were considered royal grounds in order to guarantee the perfection of the work. This project was assigned to the architect Pietro Lombardi, and was finished only few months later.
The facilities at the Springs of Kallithea were inaugurated by the Italians in July 1929 and attracted a large number of patients and scientists from the entire world. The Spa was constructed in Moorish style and included pebble stone mosaics, Rotonda Hall, a terrace, impressive patio and stairs at the entrance. The wonderful gardens have palm trees, pine trees, flowers and many other plants. Below the spring facilities, there are small coves with crystal thermal water.
At the end of the 20th century, the Spa Building fell in abandonment and neglect. The local council overtook the restoration work that lasted for many years. Finally, the renovated Springs of Kallithea opened its doors in July 2007.