According to legend, the 'Colossus of Rhodes' once towered above the picturesque harbor of Rhodes, a Greek island located off the southwest coast of Turkey. The huge statue was one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Under the rule of the Knights of the Order of St. John, the Palace of the Grand Masters, that is located next to the Knight’s Hospital, was the most important building on the island for more than 200 years.
The Palace of the Grand Masters was not only the administrative centre of the Order of St. John, it was also of great social importance. Many years previously, the Knights’ Road was the most important street in the medieval city and it was there that most of the Knights and Orders resided. Marble reliefs depicting the knights’ coats of arms adorn the impressive and proud facades of the buildings.
Ever since the Knights of the Order of St. John took over, the city Rhodes has been dominated by various towers. Most of them were used for defensive purposes while others are the remains of Turkish occupation.
When the sun sets above the Aegean Sea, Rhodes is revealed in all of its magical and historic glory.
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