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The Catholic Virgin of the Burgh Church dates from 1300 AD and was used by the Knights of St. John Hospitaller, a remnant of the earlier Crusades in the eastern Mediterranean. It's sad that this church survived 2 major Ottoman invasions in 1480 AD (failed) and again in 1522, AD (succeeded), only to be destroyed by bombing in WWII. After a long siege, from late June until 22 December 1522, the defense had been reduced from 7,000 to 2,000 men and they surrendered under fair terms to Suleiman the Magnificent. They relocated first to Crete with ships provided by the Ottomans then later to Malta, where another famous battle took place in 1565 AD, where the Knights were victorious. The Italians governing the Island in 1943 lost after a successful German invasion.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Rhodes_(1943)

https://www.warhistoryonline.com/instant-articles/siege-of-rhodes-the-ottomans.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Rhodes_(1522)

https://www.gpsmycity.com/attractions/church-of-the-virgin-of-the-burgh-35403.html

Today there are regular passenger boats from Marmaris to Rhodes Town. The island is now Greek Territory and the people are mostly Greek Orthodox Christian. The Knights had originally seized the island from the Byzantines.

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