Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Medieval City of Rhodes


This time I am going to share with you another surprising postcard from my friend's holiday. It is from Rhodes Island, Greece. Many thanks to my Austrian friend Jasmin! :)
Actually I know the island because of the most famous western Christian military order during the middle ages, the Knights Hospitaller. They had occupied Rhodes more than 200 years and transformed the city into a stronghold. After then, the island had been captured by the Ottoman Empire and the Kingdom  of Italy successively. The postcard shows the main entrance to the Palace of the Grand Master built by the Knights in early 14th century. It was served as a palace, headquarters and fortress during their occupation time, then a command center and fortress of the Ottoman Turkish and later a holiday residence of the King of Italy. In 1988, the Medieval City of Rhodes was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. 

The stamp is one of the set "Sailing Tourism" issued in 2013.