Saturday, 7 August 2010

Rhodes, Greece

Funny - I just mentioned Rhodes a few posts ago and now I received a postcard of it! It's not mailed directly from Rhodes but it's still pretty cool. (AND it's an official from a girl I did a direct swap with not long ago! :D) I have such great memories from my holiday in Rhodes when I was a kid. Eating tons of ice cream, going to beaches, enjoying the sun... They must get lots of tourists from Finland, or at least used to get, because I remember in quite a few places there people could speak some Finnish, which I found really weird.


This card shows the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, a palace in the town of Rhodes. The palace was built in the 14th century by the Knights of Rhodes, who occupied Rhodes from 1309 to 1522. After the island was captured by the Ottoman Empire, the palace was used as a fortress.

The original palace was largely destroyed by an ammunition explosion in 1856. When the Kingdom of Italy occupied Rhodes in 1912, the Italians rebuilt the palace in a grandiose pseudo-medieval style as a holiday residence for Victor Emmanuel III of Italy, and later for Benito Mussolini, whose name can still be seen on a large plaque near the entrance.

On 10 February 1947, the Treaty of Peace with Italy, one of the Paris Peace Treaties, determined than the recently-established Italian Republic would transfer the Dodecanese to the Kingdom of Greece. In 1948, Rhodes and the rest of the Dodecanese were transferred as previously agreed. The Greeks converted the palace to a museum.

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