Rodia is a village of Heraklion at a distance of 16 km and is located on the eastern slopes of a hill overlooking the city and the bay of Heraklion.The inhabitants are mainly engaged in agriculture (vineyards, olive growing, vegetables, citrus fruits).In 1998, the creation of a fishing shelter in Rhodia was approved.Paleokastro is perhaps the most imposing monument near the village.
Rhodia (formerly known as Rogdia) is first mentioned in 1248 as Rodea, where it had a pasture of Sfakas Monastery (located near Myrtos). It is also referred to as Chera Rodea in a document from the Ducal Archive of Chandakas dating back to 1395.  The settlement is not mentioned in the Venetian censuses. It is mentioned in the Turkish census of 1671 with the name Rodya in the province of Malevizi with 9 raids. Chiera Rodea is also noted in a sketch by Francesco Basilicata of 1618.  The existence of the settlement during the Venetian rule is also confirmed by the now surviving tower, which was the mansion of the feudal lords of the area of brothers George and Francis Modina, who are mentioned as feudal lords of this part of Malevizi province from 1565. This mansion was preserved and came under the ownership of the State. Next to the palace is the old church of the Annunciation, Chiera Rodea, mentioned by Vasilikata, from whom the village took its name . On the lintel is the date 1553 and a crown, which Gerola assumes belongs to the house of Kalergi. Below the village and a little further north is the bay of Fraskia, which was used by the Venetians when they could not use the port of Chandakas. In 1364 the Venetian troops under the condotiero Dal Verme landed in this bay to suppress the revolution of the Republic of St. Titus. Ioannis Hatzidakis mentions in the Tour of Crete (1881) that a villa of Mehmet Ali Pasha of Egypt is preserved in Rodia. Anna Kallergi, daughter of Konstantinos Kallergis, came from Rhodia, whom she followed in all the battles in 1866. She married Ioannis Kontogiannis from Selino and under the name Kontogiannenna or Captain Giannena or Spanonikolis developed an action so that the leader K.
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