National Geographic : 1972 Aug
"City... superior to all others," marveled Greek geographer Strabo. But the existing splendors of Rhodes date more from Crusader than from ancient times. Here at dusk, lights of arcades lining Mandraki Harbor wink on be neath a brooding castle built by the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem in the 1300's. The strong hold faced its bravest hour in 1522 when Suleiman the Magnificent laid siege with a force vastly outnumbering the knights. Though vanquished, the defenders fought so valiantly they were permitted to escape with their lives. Motor traffic banned, pedestrians in Old Town stroll where knights once clanked in armor.