Within the walled town the most interesting building is the knights' old hospital, centred on a courtyard bounded by two storeys of arcaded galleries, with simple vaulting below and a flat wooden roof above. Along the east side runs a magnificent Gothic hall with central columns and little chambers let into the walls. This was the main ward of the hospital and the chambers were for isolating infectious cases.
Rhodes was attacked by the Ottomans in 1440, 1444, 1469 and 1480. It required a six-month siege by 400 ships and around 200,000 soldiers under Suleiman the Magnificent to force its inevitable surrender on Christmas Eve, 1522.
The evacuation of Bodrum and Kos followed soon after and the knights became peripatetic till the Emperor Charles V gave them Malta in 1530. That would prove their final line of defence against Ottoman Muslim forces. Malta was tested to the utmost — and not found wanting — in the Great Siege of 1565.
- David Cameron Must Govern With Humility
- Don't Write Off First-Time Voters
- Time For A Leaner BBC To Pay Its Way
- The Night Scotland Turned Yellow
- Is Nicky's Knack To Put Teachers First?
- The Conservatives' Capital Conundrum
- Labour Doesn't Get Why The Tories Won
- Mapping The Rocky Road To A British Bill Of Rights
- Shy Tories, Lazy Labour: The Pollsters' Fiasco
- The Rotten Borough Lutfur Rahman Built
- Why The World Still Needs The West
- Evoking The Empire That Refuses To Die
- Is The West's Loss Of Faith Terminal?
- Is There Such A Thing As A Religious Vote In The UK?
- The Pope, The Jew, And The Vision Of Blue Labour
- How Scotland Lost Its Mind
- The Bitter Battle For The Soul Of Bradford West
- Workers Of The Right, Unite!
- The President Blinked — The Ayatollah Didn't
- Learn It By Heart For The Sake Of Civilisation