Joyce's Photos of Rhodes
The Apostle Paul, with Luke, visited Rhodes, on what is considered to have been his fourth missionary journey (around 60 A.D.).
Here is what Luke wrote:
Now it came to pass, that when we had departed from them and set sail, running a straight course we came to Cos, the following day to Rhodes, and from there to Patara (Acts 21:1-2).
In addition, Rhodes was an important base of operations for the Catholic and Orthodox fighters of the crusades.
In 1099, when the Crusaders captured Jerusalem from the Seljuk Turks, the Knights Hospitallers of St. John, originally a militaristic, religious order...In 1309 they captured the city of Rhodes and, soon after, some neighbouring islands. Until 1522 they controlled what was to all intents and purposes, an independent state...On 26 June 1522, a Turkish army of 100,000 again besieged the city...On 1 January 1523, the Grand Master, the Knights and up to 5,000 islanders sailed out of Rhodes and into history (Fodor's Exploring the Greek Islands, 3rd ed. Fodor's, New York, 2004).
Castle of the Knights of St. John During the time of the crusades, the "knights of St. John" (sometimes called "the knights of Templar" were wealthy and powerful. Of course, John himself never authorized any knights (see article on Military Service). These photos show some of the castle walls which, in our opinion, are quite well preserved to this day.
Two More Photos of the Castle.
The Acropolis of Rhodes. Many Greek cities had an acropolis as their place of defense against possible invading forces.
Donkey at the Acropolis. A photo of Joyce and the donkey she road to get to the acropolis in Rhodes (not to be confused with the Acropolis in Athens). This donkey actually ran up the hill quite fast.
Possible Spot of Paul's Landing. Here are two photos, one from each side of the acropolis of Rhodes. Paul allegedly landed in Rhodes on one of these spots.
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