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Medieval city of Rhodes

At the northern tip of the island, the city of Rhodes was a port of strategic importance. The Order of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem (the Hospitallers), which occupied Rhodes from 1309, turned the city into a bastion of defense against the Ottomans until its fall in 1522. Then followed the era of the  Italian occupation from 1912-1947. With its impressive walls, the Palace of the Grand Master, the Hospital and the Knights’ Road, the Upper City is one of the most characteristic urban centers of Gothic architecture in the eastern Mediterranean.

Date of entry into UNESCO's List of World Heritage Sites
1988

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